September 20, 2008

Time Travels Reflections

from Time Travels by Elizabeth Grosz.

The chapter The Nature of Culture explores what contemporary feminist philosopher Elizabeth Grosz describes as

" ...the ways in which time, movement, change, the irresistible push to the future - as fundamental biological and material forces - affect culture ..."

"... the ways in which nature does not contain culture but induces it to vary itself, to evolve, to develop and transform in ways that are not predictable in advance."

Continuing with our exploration of new and renewed modes of perception and our inquiry into the construction and perhaps transformation of the studio critique:

- select two concepts introduced in this reading

- post a new entry in the 9/19 weekly blog assignment category

- comment on how these ideas influence your thinking about the process of studio critique

September 19, 2008

Laura -The nature of culture

I am kind of confused by this article but also intrigued. Grosz talks about three characteristics of nature: the force of development, the force of variation and the force of differences in sex and race. She then goes on to state that "Culture can be regarded as the varying innovative responses to the problems that nature poses to the living". Doesn't this imply that nature must come first in order to have cultural responses to it? Nature is then the force or framework of culture.
However at the end of the article she poses questions that seem to have been already answered. She asks "What would the study of culture, cultural studies, look like if nature was regarded as the framework and provocation of culture rather than its retardation?".