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Title:The Aesthetics of Disappearance
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The Aesthetics of Disappearance by Paul Virilio, Philip Beitchman

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Aesthetics of Disappearance Virilio himself referred to his work The Aesthetics of Disappearance as a juncture in his thinking one at which he brought his focus onto the logistics of perception a logistics he would soon come to refer to as the vision machine If Speed and Politics established Virilio as the inaugural and still consummate theorist of dromology the theory of speed and the society it defines The Aesthetics of Disappearance introduced his understanding of picnolepsy the epileptic state of consciousness produced by speed or rather the consciousness invented by the subject through its very absence the gaps glitches and speed bumps lacing through and defining it Speed and Politics defined the society of speed The Aesthetics of Disappearance defines what it feels like to live in the society of speed I always write with images Virilio has claimed and this statement is nowhere better illustrated than with The Aesthetics of Disappearance Moving from the movie theater to the freeway and from Craig Breedlove s attainment of terrifying speed in a rocket power car to the immobility of Howard Hughes in his dark room atop the Desert Inn Virilio himself jump cuts from such disparate reference points as Fred Astaire Franz Liszt and Adolf Loos to Dostoyevsky Paul Morand and Aldous Huxley In its extension of the aesthetics of disappearance to war film and politics this book paved the way to Virilio s follow up the celebrated study War and Cinema This edition features a new introduction by Jonathan Crary one of the leading theorists of modern visual culture Foreign Agents series Distributed for Semiotext e

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No description available, From the synchronised camera machine guns on the biplanes of World War One to the laser satellites of Star Wars the technologies of cinema and warfare have developed a fatal interdependence Hiroshima marked one conclusion of this process in the nuclear flash which penetrated the city s darkest recesses etching the images of its victims on the walls br br Since the disappearance of direct vision in battle and the replacement of one to one combat by the remote and murderous i son et lumiere i of trench warfare military strategy has been dominated by the struggle between visibility and invisibility surveillance and camouflage Perception and destruction have now become coterminous br br Paul Virilio one of the most radical French critics of contemporary culture explores these conjunctions from a range of perspectives He gives a detailed technical jistory of weaponry photography and cinematography illuminating it with accounts of films and military campaigns He examines in parallel the ideas of strategists and directors along with views on war and cinema of writers from Apollinaire to William Burrroughs And he finds further fruitful sources of reflection in the history of cinema architecture or the wartime popularity of striptease and pin up br br The result is a rich and suggestive analysis for military ways of seeing and a disturbing account of how these have now permeated our culture Warsaw Beirut Belfast the streets themselves have become a permanent film set for army cameras or the tourist reporters of global civil war, Out of print for almost a decade we are thrilled to bring back one of our most requested hard to find titlesphilosopher and cultural theorist Paul Virilio s em Bunker Archeology em In we published the first English language translation of the classic French edition of which accompanied an exhibition of Virilio s photographs at the Centre Pompidou In em Bunker Archeology em urbanist Paul Virilio turns his attentionand camerato the ominous yet strangely compelling German bunkers that lie abandoned along the coast of France These ghostly reminders of destruction and oppression prompted Virilio to consider the nature of war and existence in relation to both World War II and contemporary times Virilio discusses fortresses and military space in general as well as the bunkers themselves including an examination of the role of Albert Speer Hitler s architect in the rise of the Third Reich, We are facing the emergence of a real collective madness reinforced by the synchronization of emotions the sudden globalization of affects in real time that hits all of humanity at the same time and in the name of Progress Emergency exit we have entered a time of general panic