ABSTRACT

What is a lighthouse? What does it mean? What does it do? This book shows how exchanging knowledge across disciplinary boundaries can transform our thinking. Adopting an unconventional structure, this book involves the reader in a multivocal conversation between scholars, poets and artists. Seen through their individual perspectives, lighthouses appear as signals of safety, beacons of enlightenment, phallic territorial markers, and memorials of historical relationships with the sea. However, the interdisciplinary conversation also reveals underlying and sometimes unexpected connections. It elucidates the human and non-human evolutionary adaptations that use light for signalling and warning; the visual languages created by regularity and synchronicity in pulses of light; how lighthouses have generated a whole ‘family’ of related material objects and technologies; and the way that light flows between social and material worlds.

chapter |4 pages

360° Of illumination

ByVeronica Strang

chapter |5 pages

Light Matters

ByVeronica Strang

chapter |13 pages

Light as a Matter of Life and Death

ByVeronica Strang

chapter |4 pages

On The Edge of The Dark

ByVeronica Strang

chapter |10 pages

Attractive and Repulsive Light

ByVeronica Strang

chapter |4 pages

Phenomenological Light

ByVeronica Strang

chapter |18 pages

Divine Rays

ByVeronica Strang

chapter |18 pages

Lighthouses in Time and Space

ByVeronica Strang

chapter |12 pages

Technologies of Light and Power

ByTim Edensor

chapter |42 pages

Building The Lighthouse

ByTim Edensor

chapter |8 pages

Material Relatives

ByVeronica Strang

chapter |22 pages

The Body of The Lighthouse

ByVeronica Strang

chapter |33 pages

Light Messages

ByTim Edensor

chapter |13 pages

Space and Place

ByTim Edensor

chapter |29 pages

The Art of Lighthouses

ByVeronica Strang, Joanna Puckering, Tim Edensor

chapter |7 pages

360°

ByVeronica Strang

chapter |5 pages

Concluding Comments

ByVeronica Strang, Tim Edensor, Joanna Puckering