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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Wednesday, May 07, 2008
    Stuff Theology
     
    The world is increasingly full of “things” made by people, but many commonplace objects are effectively invisible - according to Stephen Pattison.

    In last year's Gifford Lecture series, Professor Pattison looked into the relationship between humanity and visual artefacts; and 'argue(d) for repositioning artefacts of all kinds at the centre of human perception, responsiveness and responsibility.' 'The movement of these lectures might be summed up as ‘from arrogant, distancing eye to loving appreciative gaze’, he said in his introduction.

    Looks fascinating. Seems close to what I keep calling reading the everyday, but I think elsewhere Pattison has called his research Stuff Theology... love it! The resultant book, Seeing Things: Deepening relations with visual artefacts, is out. But as a taster I'm printing off the lecture pdfs as we speak.

    Thanks Ian for directing me here