Virilio and Visual Culture

Virilio and Visual Culture

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This is the first genuine appraisal of Virilio's contributions to contemporary art, photography, film, television and more. Paul Virilio is one of the leading and most challenging critics of art and technology working today. Re-conceptualising the most enduring philosophical conventions on everything from technology and photography to literature, anthropology and cultural and media studies through his own original theories and arguments, Virilio's work has produced substantial debate, compelling readers to ask if his criticism is out of touch or out in front of traditional perspectives. This collection of 13 original writings, including a newly translated piece written by Virilio himself, is indispensable reading for all students and researchers into contemporary visual culture. It is a wide-ranging treatment of Virilio's key theoretical concepts and themes from across his work on visual culture so far. It surveys Virilio's aesthetics and socio-cultural ideas and how they function within his highly politicised approach to visual culture. It examines Virilio's thinking from his first works on war and cinema to his latest theoretical conjectures on art, perception and seeing. Contributors include Caren Kaplan, University of California at Davis; Ian James, University of Cambridge; Benjamin H. Bratton, University of California, San Diego and Tania Roy, National University of more

Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 160 x 234 x 20mm | 598.74g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0748654453
  • 9780748654451

About John Armitage

John Armitage is Professor of Media at Northumbria University Ryan Bishop is Professor of Global Arts and Politics at Winchester School of Art, the University of more

Table of contents

1. Aesthetics, Vision and Speed: An Introduction to Virilio and Visual Culture, John Armitage and Ryan Bishop; 2. The Illusions of Zero Time, Paul Virilio; 3. Towards a New Ecology of Time, Joy Garnett; 4. Strangers to the Stars: Abstraction, Aeriality, Aspect Perception, John Beck; 5. Desert Wars: Virilio and the Limits of 'Genuine Knowledge', Caren Kaplan; 6. Light Weapons/Darkroom Shadows: Photography, Cinema, War, John Phillips; 7. History in the 'Mis-en-Abyme of the Body': Ranbir Kaleka and the 'Art of Auschwitz' after Virilio, Tania Roy; 8. Spectres of Perception, or the Illusion of Having the Time to See: The Geopolitics of Objects, Apprehension and Movement in Bashir Makhoul's 'Enter Ghost, Exit Ghost', Ryan Bishop; 9. The Event, Jordan Crandall; 10. The Face of the Figureless: Aesthetics, Sacred Humanism and the Accident of Art, John Armitage; 11. What We Do is Secrete: On Virilio, Planetarity and Data Visualisation, Benjamin H. Bratton; 12. Relics of Acceleration: A Field Guide, Gair Dunlop; 13. The Production of the Present, Ian James;.show more