Techniques of the observer

Crary Jonathan

Techniques of the observer : on vision and modernity in the nineteenth century

Cambridge (Mass.) ; London : MIT Press, 1992, 1990, 1 vol. ([IX]-171 p.).

Collection October books.
ISBN 978-0-262-53107-8

Résumé :

This is a book about vision and its historical construction. Although it primarily adresses events and developments before 1850, it was written in the midst of a transformation in the nature of visuality probably more profound than the break that separates medieval imagery from Renaissance perspective. The rapid development in little more than a decade of a vast array of computer graphics techniques is part of a sweeping reconfiguration of relations between an observing subject and modes of representation that effectively nullifies most of the culturally established  meanings of the terms observer and representation. The formalization and diffusion of computer-generated imagery heralds the ubiquitous implantation of fabricated visual «spaces» radically different from the mimetic capacities of film, photography, and television.

Jonathan Crary is professor of art history at Columbia University. A founding editor of Zone Books, he is the author of Suspensions of perceptions (MIT Pres, 1999), winner of the 2001 Lionel Trilling Award, and coeditor of Incorporations (Zone Books, 1992). He has been the recipient of Guggenheim, Getty, Mellon, and National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and was a member of Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

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  • Axe transversal : Cultures visuelles

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