Art as Far as the Eye Can See

De (autor) Traducere de Julie Rose
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Paul Virilio puts art back where it matters - at the centre of politics. Art used to be an engagement between artist and materials. But in our new media world art has changed, its very materials have changed and have become technologized. This change reflects a broader social shift. Speed and politics - what Virilio defined as the key characteristics of the twentieth century - have been transformed in the twenty-first century to speed and mass culture. And the defining characteristic of mass culture today is panic. This induced panic relies on a new, all-seeing technology. And the first casualty of this is the human response. What we are losing is the very human 'art of seeing', one individual's engagement with another or with an event, be that political or artistic. What we are losing is our sense of the aesthetic. Where art used to talk of the aesthetics of disappearance, it must now confront the disappearance of the aesthetic.
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ISBN-13: 9781847885401
ISBN-10: 1847885403
Pagini: 144
Ilustrații: index
Dimensiuni: 134 x 189 x 10 mm
Greutate: 0.15 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Berg Publishers
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


Also available in hardback, 9781845206116 £16.99 (October, 2007)

Notă biografică

Paul Virilio is one of our foremost cultural critics. Architect and urban planner and former director of the Ecole Speciale d'Architecture in Paris, he has written widely on film, architecture, art, war and technology.Julie Rose is a freelance translator and winner of the PEN Medallion for Translation.


Preface1. Expect the Unexpected2. An Exorbitant Art3. The Night of the Museums4. Art as Far as the Eye Can SeeNotes


An exceptional, even visionary mind.
If Walter Benjamin had one true intellectual descendant who extended his inquiries into the second half of the twentieth century, this must be Paul Virilio.
Virilio is an impressive commentator on the conditioning power of the mass media. .... He flits from image to image like a poet and usually builds to a profound climax.
[Paul Virilio is] the zestfully polemical French philosopher of speed [who] no doubt hopes to ruffle a few complacent feathers with his Art As Far As the Eye Can See.
For those interested in particular and current problems with art, the visual, and art as an institution, I think this book is certainly worth the read.