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non·rep·re·sen·ta·tion·al

 (nŏn-rĕp′rĭ-zĕn-tā′shə-nəl)
adj.
Of, relating to, or being a style of art in which natural objects are not represented realistically; nonobjective.

nonrepresentational

(ˌnɒnrɛprɪzɛnˈteɪʃənəl)
adj
(Art Terms) art another word for abstract4
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Adj.1.nonrepresentational - of or relating to a style of art in which objects do not resemble those known in physical nature
artistic creation, artistic production, art - the creation of beautiful or significant things; "art does not need to be innovative to be good"; "I was never any good at art"; "he said that architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully"
abstract - existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment; "abstract words like `truth' and `justice'"
representational - (used especially of art) depicting objects, figures,or scenes as seen; "representational art"; "representational images"
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As participants in this conversation, researchers and theorists are faced with the difficult challenge to "write this portrait nonrepresentationally," in terms of a language that lives beyond the synthetic propositions of technical and scientific communication and "aspires to, and at times exemplifies, the revelatory function of art" (249).
Lunuganga is woven from landscape geographies that refuse to reveal themselves either dualistically or nonrepresentationally.
54) If things are not substantially constituted by form, which is to say, by that nonmaterial principle of intelligibility that gives things their intrinsic unity, actuality, and essential identity, then Rorty (if he were to be unironic for a moment) would be right that our thoughts and descriptions of things do not signify anything in nature, and thus are merely nonrepresentationally nominal terms of convenience for getting along with our chosen agendas.