Introduction: Figure, Figuring and Configuration

Lury, Celia; Viney, William and Wark, Scott. 2022. Introduction: Figure, Figuring and Configuration. In: Celia Lury; William Viney and Scott Wark, eds. Figure: Concept and Method. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1-20. ISBN 9789811924750 [Book Section]

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Introduction to Figure: Concept and Method, Des Lury, Viney, and Wark (Singapore: Springer, 2022).

This introduction will outline the concept and practice of “figure” and “figuration.” The word “figure” can refer to numbers, characters in text or representations of persons or other entities in images or to a movement or series of movements, a diagram or a short succession of notes. In uses such as prefiguring, configuring, and disfiguring, it can refer to a process, opening questions of ordering, causality, premonition, (retrospective) fulfilment, prophecy, anticipation, redemption and pre-emption. As a noun, configuration can refer to an assemblage or the ways in which technologies materialise cultural imaginaries. Figures sit between the representational and the abstract; they can be inhabited and, in being inhabited, can be turned. We conclude by inviting readers to “go figure!”

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