Surface Tensions

Surface Tensions Surface, Finish and the Meaning of Objects - Studies in Design

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Synopsis

Surfaces are often held to be of lesser consequence than 'deeper' or more 'substantive' aspects of artworks and objects. Yet it is also possible to conceive of the surface in more positive terms: as a site where complex forces meet. Surfaces can be theorized as membranes, protective shells, sensitive skins, even thicknesses in their own right. The surface is not so much a barrier to content as an opportunity for encounter: in new objects, the surface is the site of qualities of finish, texture, the site of tactile interaction, the last point of contact between object and maker, and the first point of contact between object and user. Surface tensions includes sixteen essays that explore this theoretically uncharted terrain. The subjects range widely: domestic maintenance; avant-garde fashion; the faking of antiques; postmodern architecture and design; contemporary film costume. Of particular emphasis within the volume are textiles, which are among the most complex and culturally rich materialisations of surface. As a whole, the book provides insights into the whole lifecycle of objects, not just their condition when new.

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Manchester University Press

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Book information

ISBN: 9780719087516
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 745.4
DEWEY edition: 23
Number of pages: xiv, 215
Weight: 626g
Height: 247mm
Width: 170mm
Spine width: 20mm