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Venkatesan – Cages and Solids

Cages and solids: a theory of materiality and aliveness.

Soumhya Venkatesan, University of Manchester

ABSTRACT:How do objects come to matter, and how and when can this become a problem? Based on research among ritual sculptors and priests inĀ  Hindu south India, this paper will focus on the processes by which a deity is detached from an image that, until the detachment, has been worshipped as the deity. I will ask how the embodied deity allows adepts to focus on detachment from worldly ties and, conversely, how the ‘emptied image’ becomes a focus of attachment.