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provisional

/pro·vi·sion·al/ (-vizh´un-al) formed or performed for temporary purposes; temporary.

provisional

(prō-vĭzh′ŭn-ăl) [L. provisio, provision]
Serving a temporary use pending permanent arrangements.
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This spurred me to think through another genealogy of painting, if only to make it clear that I would never want to suggest that modes of painting other than provisionality are somehow of lesser value.
It may be that the journal managed to strike a unique balance between rigour and provisionality, one that proved highly productive for the Centre and its interlocutors.
23) What interests me here are those values of contingency, provisionality, and process which attend the representation of color: the capacity of poetic language to effect prismatic shift, transformation, and dissolution.
Not the least illuminating aspect of this article is its highlighting of the implication of narrative in such inferential practices and the provisionality and insecurities of human understanding dramatized thereby.
Christian faith must now be understood in light of the profound provisionality and contingency that inexorably distinguish contemporary thought and life.
However, Bhabha argues that the very act of narration introduces an element of provisionality within the narrative of the nation that "makes untenable any supremacist, or nationalist claims to cultural mastery, for the position of narrative control is neither monocular or monologic" (265, 215).
AB: Thinking about the provisionality and the way these drawings exist to be looked at, I'm struck by how you employ a lot of machines for looking--the camera, the stereoscope, the telescope--and how making animations seems very democratic, since these films can essentially be viewed by vast numbers of people all at once.
Our attention is directed to the provisionality of all forms and modes of remembering, including but not limited to medial, oral, written, and academic history.
It is about recognizing the limited but effective way that language works, and about accepting that provisionality into the fabric of poetry.
And it is this ambiguity which points us to the positive possibilities of provisionality and uncertainty which it opens up.
Evans and Deleyto, 1998) The authors argue that the romantic comedies of the late 20th century have been required to adapt this traditional, centuries-old view of romantic love to post 1960s libertarianism, feminism and AIDS, resulting in a variation that allows for equality between the lovers, as well as a sense of provisionality, if not impermanence.