Techne Theory

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  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • Techne Theory
  • Henry Staten
  • 11 November 2018
  • 1472592905

Techne Theory Techne Theory Begins By Deconstructing The Distinction Between Art And Craft, Both Of Which Were Known To The Ancient Greeks As Techne, And Then Uses The Techne Standpoint To Cut Through The Humanist Structuralist Impasse On The Question Of Artistic Agency Understood As Techne, Artmaking, Like All Other Cultural Accomplishments, Is A Form Of Work Performed By An Artisan Equipped With Know How That Encodes The Discoveries Of Many Previous Generations Of Artisans This Kind Of Know How Has Been Demeaned At Least Since Kant As Merely Mechanical In Nature, But Techne Theory Shows How It Is Properly Understood As A Flexible Ensemble Of Elements Embodying A Techno Socially Evolved Work Cunning That Is Far From Mechanical All Technai, From The Humblest To The Most Sophisticated, Require The Intuitive Touch Of A Trained Artisan Yet This Individual Touch Depends Entirely On Apprenticeship In A Techne Or, In Short, Genius Minus Techne Equals Zero Through The Framework Of Reverse Engineering, The Techne Interpreter Attempts To Read In Reverse From The Achieved Work To Re Construct The Design And Production Process By Which The Work Was Originally Put Together Staten Moves Through Visual Art, Literature, And Occasionally Music, To Develop A Working Model Of Techne Criticism That Enables Combinations Of Agency And Structure, Concept And Practice, Form And Content, Possibility And Actuality Techne Theory Affirms An Important Critique Of Romantic Conceptions Of Art And Their Associated And Restrictive Humanist Politics, And Proposes Instead A Wholly Original Conception Of Individual Artistic Agency Defined Through Socio Materialist Terms