Thursday, February 7, 2008

Planetarium Library

Reading list of all things helpful when trying to come to terms with object-making, geocentricism, the psychological role of nature in our history, and the aesthetics of rare experience...

Nature Design: From Inspiration to Innovation
by Barry Bergdoll (Contributor), Dario Gamboni (Contributor), Philip Ursprung (Contributor), Museum für Gestaltung Zürich (Editor), Angeli Sachs (Editor)
One of the *most useful* catalogs of natural patterning's influences on design that I've come across - lots of art nouveau examples as well.

Forests: The Shadow of Civilization
by Robert Pogue Harrison
Some really good thoughts on early Christianity's relationship to the concept and actuality of the forest and the open night sky of the plains.

Landscape And Memory
by Simon Schama
A bit of a classic in the genre of 'landscape, and you'. Seriously interesting.

A Field Guide to Getting Lost
by Rebecca Solnit
I keep coming back to this text. It is full of anecdotes, deliciously told, which feed into my projects and jack into that part of my brain that is unconcerned with everyday life. Yum.

The Eye of the Lynx: Galileo, His Friends, and the Beginnings of Modern Natural History.

by David Freedburg
Very useful regarding the birth of heliocentric astronomy (versus the 'everything revolves around us' theory, as outlined here). The rest is probably good too, I just haven't read the rest yet...

Fiona Hall
by Julie Ewington
Yes well the woman is also my mentor currently, but this book is just exquisite - very good overview of her work, with all its intricacies and political implications.

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