Description - The Bench in the Garden by ,Michael Jako

The bench, an apparently small and almost irrelevant object, appears to function as a significant object both in the specific places where it operates and in a more general sense, in the domain where aesthetics, garden history, architecture, spatiality and subjectivity interfere. The bench acts as a powerful visual machine and regulates the reception of the landscapes it has to offer to its visitors. By transmitting verbal messages (through inscriptions), citing other benches and being part of a complex walk circuit, by providing rest and inviting its users to discover new aspects of the site, this highly polysemic element orients and disorients the visitor at the same time. AUTHOR: Michael Jakob is Professor of History and Theory of Landscape at hepia (Geneva) and EPFL, Lausanne as well as Professor of Comparative Literature (Chair) at Grenoble University. His teaching and research focuses on landscape theory, aesthetics, the history of vertigo, contemporary theories of perception and the poetics of architecture. He is the founder and head of COMPAR(A)ISON, an International Journal of Comparative Literature. He produced several documentary films for TV and has longstanding experience as a radio journalist. SELLING POINTS: • A remarkable foray into a niche subject, this book will transform your opinions of the humble bench • Discover the ways in which benches orient, teach, create emotions and direct our 'ways of seeing' in the garden

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