This Is Not a Pipe
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What does it mean to write "This is not a pipe" across a bluntly literal painting of a pipe? René Magritte's famous canvas provides the starting point for a delightful homage by French philosopher and historian Michel Foucault. Much better known for his incisive and mordant explorations of power and social exclusion, Foucault here assumes a more playful stance. By explorin...more
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Published July 1st 2008 by University of California Press (first published 1973)
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Simon
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Kaveh soltany
اين يک چپق نيست عنوان تابلويي از رنه مگريت است. فوکو با تکيه از نقاشي بي نظير اين يک چپق نيست به نقد زبانشناسانه ي مدرني مي پردازد که بي نظير است . کتاب کوتاهي اما بسيار فني و پيچيده است
Hazem
One easy way to answer "Why read this book" is: to know how to read Avant Grade art.
Yet a more favorable answer would be; to learn how to think surreal, how to see a different, new dimension, one where art takes more forms than humanly understandable, or one that isn't only based on automatism, but surpasses that to the point where the very definition of art, base, limits, and all such vocabulary, is defined by the artist himself, by the uniqueness and the singularity of himself. A new dimension...more
Circus
I am not the kind of person who reads social theory for fun. There are moments, however, when I feel like I'm stuck in such a deep rut, that life is so deeply mired in the mundanity that I need something to make me think -- really think -- about something outside myself, outside the daily routine, outside politics and the urgent fear and despair of humanity. And so I find myself reading Foucault, not because I like him, but because me forces me radically out of my own interior space and into his...more
Gary Medlock
Foucault is a difficult read. His concepts and language require much of the reader, making re-readings and multiple contemplations frequent requirements. So why is he so intent to make us read so much of it unnecessarily? That’s not to say that This is Not a Pipe is not worthwhile. On the contrary, its reconsideration of the meaning of representation and originals is both thought-provoking and whimsical (in the best meaning of that word). However, the book (shall we say “long essay”?) is needles...more
Utku Türk
Bu 'Bu Bir Pipo Değildir'e yapılmış bir yorum değildir.

İlk söylemem gereken bu kitabı bir kere daha okumam gerektiği. Fakat yine de, anlayabildiğim kadarıyla, buraya bir şeyler yazacağım, ki ne kadar anladığımdan hiç emin değilim.

İngilizceye çevirenin yazdığı önsöz, kitapta bahsedilecek bir çok düşünceye çok kısa bir giriş sunuyor. Foucault'nun diğer kitaplarındaki fikirleriyle, bu kitabı yazma amaçlarını birbirlerine bağlıyor. Bu önsöz metninin biraz yorucu olduğu, yorucu olması gerektiği kadar...more
Gabriel Sommer
This book was quiet interesting. When looking at Rene Magritte's Painting of a pipe and underneath this painting in neat script is written "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" which is french for "This is not a Pipe." You begin to wonder what this means. It may just be surrealistic art but Michel Foucault really shows us his deep thoughts about this painting and its meaning. If you were to see this people might just say that it is nonsensical, i too thought this, yet now i think differently about this artw...more
Ahmad
فوکو معتقد است دو چیز هنگامی ناسازگارند که پیوندشان با یکدیگر نامتناسب و رمزآلود باشد. او شیفتهء چیزی بود که خود آن را درهمستان نامیده؛ در این درهمستان وضعیت به گونه­ای است که در واقع چیزها هیچ پیوندی با یکدیگر ندارند، زیربنایی وجود ندارد که بتواند بین آن چیزها با یکدیگر حتی به صورت نامتناسبی، تناسب برقرار کند، آن چیزها فقط در کنار هم قرار گرفته­اند. فوکو و مگریت در دهمستان به سنجش زبان می­پردازند، فوکو از دیدگاهی تاریخی و مگریت از دیدگاهی تصویری.

یک واژه، به راستی، همان چیزی است که در واژه باز...more
Sezen
Yapıkredi Yayınları'ndan çıkan çevirisinde analiz edilen bazı tabloların küçük (ya da mümkünse büyük) resimlerinin de olması gerekirdi. Eğer kitabı okurken bu tabloları görme imkanınız yoksa açıklamaların çoğu oldukça soyut ve havada kalabiliyor. Başka basımlarında resimler varsa (ben sadece YKY'ninkini biliyorum) mutlaka resimli versiyonu tercih edilmeli.
Alexandra Rolo
Um ensaio interessante sobre o poder que as palavras podem ter quando associadas a uma imagem e deixam espaço para a reflexão.
É um livro pequeno que se lê rapidamente, mas que é complicado de digerir.

in: http://livrosportodolado.blogs.sapo.p...
Mohammed Al-Garawi
I hereby confess that I didn't understand most of what Foucault was talking about in this book.


First, lemme quote an excerpt of a nice review I found:

"In this book, Foucault questions received notions of representation in art by engaging a number of artworks by Belgian surrealist painter Réné Magritte.
Particularly by means of Magritte's notable work, Ceçi n'est pas une pipe (1926), which gives Foucault the title for his book, Foucault argues that within Modernity, people are falsely positioned...more
aykut
Sanatı yalnızca görülene bakışta alınan haz ve ya teknik açıdan incelenip çözümlenmesi gereken bir ürün olarak almayanların, aksine sanatın felsefi boyutunda derinlere dalıp çıkarak sanat eserlerini yeniden keşfetmek isteyenlerin mutlaka okuması gereken bir kitap.

René Magritte'in Bu Bir Pipo Değildir (Ceci n'est pas une pipe)'ine tam da bakılması gerektiği gibi bakıoyr Michel Foucault. Dili dille kıran Nietszche ve Foucault'dan sonra dili resmiyle çökerten Magritte'i yine Foucault'yla sorgulamak...more
Jasmine
Foucault and myself have a generally strained relationship. I'm not exactly sure why. I think that it may have to do with some extremely graphic descriptions of torture. The book did not have any such descriptions making it seem to be getting off on a much better foot. That is until it just starts getting off on itself. Being that Foucault is not one of the philosophers whom I constantly stand in the same position with, I do unfairly require more work from him in an essay than I may from Hitchen...more
Jimmie
From the introduction:

"As cartographers of Heterotopia, both Foucault and Magritte engage in a critique of language--the former historico-epistemological, the latter visual. Each in his way concurs with the linguist Ferdinand de Saussure in asserting the arbitrariness of the sign--that is, the essentially circumstantial, conventional, historical nature of the bond between the signifier (e.g., a word) and the signified (the object or concept represented). In Saussurean linguistics, words do not '...more
Erin Reilly-Sanders
For a short little book on a fascinating set of paintings mostly by Magritte, this is pretty good and has very carefully been translated with many useful endnotes. My major complaints are that the wonderful paintings graciously provided as plates in the back of the book are in black and white instead of color (oh picky me) and that the endnotes were much more difficult to access than footnotes would have been. I generally read while marking three places in the book with my fingers as I needed th...more
Roberto Rigolin Ferreira Lopes
Amusing how Foucault does all sorts of exercises addressing such simple matter. He explains the Magritte's painting from several angles. This stuff stretched my imagination a bit. Of course Magritte was masterful creating things to throw people out of common sense. Such an impolite artist. Provoking us to think!
Sarah Turky
I wont rate this book. I dont KNOW why I even bother reading philosophical books. I always end up feeling and reacting the same way, which is something VERY similar to this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=838dr...
Joseph Nicolello
i don't know what to say about this save it might make a fair counter-part to other more complex/colossal foucault books. this one is light-hearted, long-winded, obsessively charming, and particularly slim. i could really care less for magritte, tho his collected paintings and set of letters to foucault in the back are good. nothing to read straight through. dash through a short essay or two on the fly whilst hammering through foucault's studies on the prison-system, the history of sexuality, th...more
Estelle
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Milad
هم کتاب خوبیه هم خوب ترجمه شده،قشنگ معلومه مانی حقیقی وقت گذاشته برا ترجمه ش.دمش گرم!ا
Subarashi
ever wanted to know why magritte's pipe isn't? this is foucault's explanation, an interesting depiction of the unspokeness of representation as decoded and emphasized in margritte's paintings. this is a brief investigation into the infinite space between words and images. reminded me of a comic book artist friend - who told me that the most important part of a comic illustration was the space (the gutter?) between two panels. this is where the mind must create the undepicted connection that link...more
Michel
I still have a 500 Belgian Franc note which celebrates René Magritte. Now, besides being the renowned surrealist painter, he also was a skilled counterfeiter who honed his talent for the Résistance while Belgium was occupied. He didn't hang his hat though when forgery was no longer patriotic, and went to jail in 1949.
A counterfeiter honoured on legal tender? Ceci n'est pas une pipe indeed.
I look forward to reading this book, Foucault is not known as an art critic.
Tosh
Foucault to my knowledge, only wrote two books on aesthetics - one on Raymond Roussel and the other on the painter Margritte. And this is a superb study on his paintings and how he plays with the image and what that image means to Foucault. The fascinating aspect of this mash-up is Foucault is not really a literary or art critic - so his take on the art is totally unique and uber-interesting.
Gary
This is not a book as much as an essay, really. Following soon after his seminal work, The Order of Things (Les Mots et les choses), Foucault's 1968 essay not only offers a insightful study of Magritte's famous Treachery of Images (Ceci n'est pas une pipe), it also provides an introduction to the French philosopher himself.
William Herbst
I read this as an introduction to some of Foucault's thoughts on language since he was frequently cited in secondary literature on my dissertation project and I wanted to understand his viewpoint a bit more. It was actually an intriguing book on its own terms although it was of little help for my purposes at the time.
Jennifer
I thought I would read this as an introduction to Foucault. This little book made me wish I could read French, it is so humorous and the ideas continually twist and fold back onto themselves, from the ridiculous to the prophetic. Did I understand it? Is this a pipe?
Jack Ochs
took me two weeks to get through this 52 pager. foucault's prose is dense, and his logic is often frustrating and circular. still, there are some fascinating ideas here about "the verbal" and "the visual" in art, discourse, and everyday life.
Lauren
This book is way over my head. I do understand bits of it by I feel like I am not artsy or abstract enough to really grasp any of the concepts. I read it for a challenge I am participating in here on GR but I didn't get much out of it.
Michael Iannoli
I like this book but its fairly standard as Foucault goes. Perhaps that is a result of the translation or the fact that his philosophy was pretty standard for the art theory classes where I went to school.
Hamad
May 30, 2007 Hamad rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Art / philosophy enthusiasts
Having no background in art (or philosophy) this can be a daunting book to read, but I will return to it again once I have read more in art theory and Foucaultian philosophy.
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Michel Foucault was a French philosopher, social theorist and historian of ideas. He held a chair at the Collège de France with the title "History of Systems of Thought," and lectured at the University at Buffalo and the University of California, Berkeley.

Foucault is best known for his critical studies of social institutions, most notably psychiatry, medicine, the human sciences and the prison sys...more
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