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Symposium DVD Script Bibliography

Bibliography

Quotes

1. http://www.davidlevinthal.com/article_Stranger.html for quote “nothing more or less than childhood recovered at will.”

2 and 3. http://exposurecompensation.com/2007/01/21/%E2%80%9Cshooting-toys-to-make-art%E2%80%9D-david-levinthal/ for quote ‘I began to realize that by carefully selecting the depth of field and making it narrow, I could create a sense of movement and reality that was in fact not there.’

And “Ever since I began working with toys, I have been intrigued with the idea that these seemingly benign objects could take on such incredible power and personality simply by the way they were photographed”.

4. (http://www.mikestimpson.com/photography/page_bio.html) for quote ‘I seem to take a lot of photographs of toys. I also like messing about with light.’

5. http://www.columbia.edu/itc/architecture/ockman/pdfs/dossier_4/Baudelaire.pdf Page 8 5th line down, for quote ‘A child sees everything in a state of newness, he is always drunk. Nothing more resembles what we call inspiration than the delight with which a child absorbs form and colour’.

6. http://www.columbia.edu/itc/architecture/ockman/pdfs/dossier_4/Baudelaire.pdf Page 8, 33 lines down ‘a person who is never for a moment without the genius of childhood, a genius for which no aspect of life has become stale.’

7.  Walter Benjamin Old Toys Page 100 Benjamin, Walter. “Old Toys: The Toy Exhibition at the Märkisches Museum,” in Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings, Volume 2, part 1, 1927-1930 (Walter Benjamin). Cambridge: Belknap Press, 2005 ISBN 0674008960 “When the urge to play overcomes an adult, this is not simply a regression to childhood. To be sure, play is always liberating. Surrounded by a world of giants, children use play to create a world appropriate to their size. But the adult, who finds himself, threatened by the real world and can find no escape, removes its sting by playing with its image in reduced form.’

Images

http://www.davidlevinthal.com David Levinthal Images

http://www.artweek.la/issue/july-18-2011/article/david-levinthal-toyland David Levinthal Images

http://www.mikestimpson.com Mike Stimpson Images

http://www.oculoid.com/lego-showcase-by-mike-stimpson Mike Stimpson Images

http://www.hans-bellmer.com Hans Bellmer Images

horror-movies.wikia.com Child’s Play Chucky Image

Videos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdndTE8ZFig    Toy Story Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rridXskgWg     Halo Video

Research

http://thesaurus.com/browse/antagonist

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncanny

http://www.hans-bellmer.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chucky_%28Child%27s_Play%29

http://www.mutuallyoccluded.com/2009/01/benjamin-on-toys-play-and-the-joy-of-repetition/ Extracts from Walter Benjamin’s Old Toys publication.

Plus much more research on my blog

Books

Barbie Millicent Roberts: an original David Levinthal San Jose Museum of Art

New York: Pantheon Books 1998 Found in Coventry Library Main Collection Floor 3 (739.41 LEV) IBSN: 0375404252 1ST Edition, Pantheon Books

A room full of toys : the magical characters of childhood By Alberto Manguel, Michel Pintado, Jean Haas and Simon Saulnier. Found in Coventry Library Main Collection Floor 3 (739.4 MAN) ISBN: 0500513171 Thames & Hudson

Walter Benjamin ‘Old Toys’

Extract from here.

“When the urge to play overcomes an adult, this is not simply a regression to childhood. To be sure, play is always liberating. Surrounded by a world of giants, children use play to create a world appropriate to their size. But the adult, who finds himself threatened by the real world and can find no escape, removes its sting by playing with its image in reduced form. The desire to make light of an unbearable life has been a major factor in the growing interest in children’s games and children’s books since the end of the war.” (Benjamin “Old Toys” 100)

“For play and nothing else is the mother of every habit. Eating, sleeping, getting dressed, washing have to be instilled into the struggling little brat in a playful way, following the rhythm of nursery rhymes. Habit enters life as a game, and in habit, even in its most sclerotic forms, an element of play survives to the end. Habits are the forms of our first happiness and our first horror that have congealed and become deformed to the point of being unrecognizable.” (Benjamin “Toys and Play” 120)

For Benjamin, play, which resists habit and routine, is also its ‘mother’ and its shepherd. Through even the most rigid habits of adult life, he writes, an element of play and innovation invariably lingers. –However, in a much darker sense, — and here Benjamin deviates sharply from the more jubilant character of Derrida’s ‘iteration’, — habits themselves are but the congealed, ossified forms of once-intense, almost-unrecognizable moments of intensity and feeling. If, for Benjamin, the most dreary habits of daily life must contain a smidgen of playfulness, its apparition is less the sign of a resilient subject than the haunting trace of a lost, remembered freedom.

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