Intermediation: Arts' Contribution to General Integrative Theory

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Richard M. Carp Ph.D., Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Intermediation approaches integration via medium, as does interdisciplinarity via field/content, while both involve concerns of methodology. "Media" are distinguished by the perceptual acts required for their constitution (cf McLuhan, 1964) - by the relationship to the body which they institute. Intermediation integrates, without eliminating, multiple perceptual acts and bodily relationships. Thus hypertext tends not to be an inter-medium, because its output is usually in one medium (video or print). while classrooms are almost always inter-media of print, spatio/temporal design, performance, and imagery (Carp, 1991). Artists, designers, and anthropologists of material culture have most thoroughly and consistently investigated intermediation. Artists and designers adopt intermediation as a communicative strategy; anthropologists posit intermediation as a site for cultural resistance, post-colonial creativity and non-Eurocentric wisdoms.

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Carp, Richard. (1999) "Intermediation: Arts' Contribution to General Integrative Theory" Issues in Integrative Studies, vol. 17, pp. 55-67. The journal of the Association for Integrative Studies. Version of record available at Archived in NC DOCKS with permission of the editor. (ISSN 1081-4760)
Language: English
Date: 1999