Active Objects: An Introduction

Karen E. Overbey & Benjamin C. Tilghman Download PDF   We are surrounded by things doing things. Consider the computer on which you are reading, or perhaps from which you just printed, this essay. Listen to it whir and hum, feel the heat radiating off it,...

On the Enigmatic Nature of Things in Anglo-Saxon Art

Benjamin C. Tilghman • Lawrence University Download PDF   One of the more vexing problems facing scholars of Anglo-Saxon art is the simple fact that we often do not know precisely what it is that we are dealing with. I am speaking not so much of the questions of...

Active Optics: Carolingian Rock Crystal on Medieval Reliquaries

Genevra Kornbluth • Independent Scholar Download PDF It may be useful to begin this essay with a very basic observation. Aside from kinetic sculpture, objects are only as active as viewers allow them to be. They shape our perceptions, and direct the physical,...