The Architecture of the Visible: Technology and Urban Visual Culture (Technologies: Studies in Culture & Theory)

The Architecture of the Visible: Technology and Urban Visual Culture (Technologies: Studies in Culture & Theory)

Graham MacPhee


visible expertise saturates daily life. Theories of the visual-now key to debates throughout cultural reports, social conception, artwork historical past, literary reviews and philosophy-have interpreted this new because the starting of a dystopian destiny, of cultural decline, social disempowerment and political passivity. Intellectuals-from Baudelaire to Debord, Benjamin, Virilio, Jameson, Baudrillard and Derrida-have explored how know-how not just reinvents the visible, but in addition alterations the character of tradition itself. The heartland of all such cultural research has been town, from Baudelaire's flaneur to Benjamin's arcades. The structure of the obvious offers a wide-ranging severe reassessment of up to date ways to visible tradition via an research of pivotal technological innovation from the telescope, via images to movie. Drawing at the examples of Paris and New York-two key international towns for over centuries-Graham MacPhee analyzes how visible expertise is revolutionizing the panorama of contemporary concept, politics and tradition.

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