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Aesthetics of Disappearance

by Paul Virilio, Philip Beitchman, Jonathan Crary,

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Semiotext(e), May 2009. Trade Paperback. New. Virilio himself referred to his 1980 work The Aesthetics of Disappearanceas a 'juncture' in his thinking, one at which he brought his focus onto thelogistics of perception -- a logistics he would soon come to refer to as the 'visionmachine.' If Speed and Politics established Virilio as the inaugural -- and stillconsummate -- theorist of 'dromology' (the theory of speed and the society itdefines), 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 definedthe society of speed; The Aesthetics of Disappearance defines what it feels like tolive in the society of speed.'I always write with images,' Virilio has claimed, andthis statement is nowhere better illustrated than with The Aesthetics ofDisappearance. Moving from the movie theater to the freeway, and from CraigBreedlove's attainment of terrifying speed in a rocket-power car to the immobilityof Howard Hughes in his dark room atop the Desert Inn, Virilio himself jump cutsfrom such disparate reference points as Fred Astaire, Franz Liszt, and Adolf Loos toDostoyevsky, Paul Morand, and Aldous Huxley. In its extension of the 'aesthetics ofdisappearance' to war, film, and politics, this book paved the way to Virilio'sfollow-up: the celebrated study, War and Cinema.This edition features a newintroduction by Jonathan Crary, one of the leading theorists of modern visualculture.Foreign Agents seriesDistributed for Semiotext(e) Virilio introduces his understanding of 'picnolepsy'--the epileptic state of consciousness produced by speed. Trade Paperback
  • Bookseller: Hennessey + Ingalls US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 20100921100325
  • Title: Aesthetics of Disappearance
  • Author: Paul Virilio, Philip Beitchman, Jonathan Crary,
  • Format/binding: Trade Paperback
  • Book condition: New
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Binding: Paperback
  • ISBN 10: 1584350741
  • ISBN 13: 9781584350743
  • Publisher: Semiotext(e)
  • Place: Los Alamos, Nm
  • Date published: May 2009
  • Pages: 128

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