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Art and Fear by Paul Virilio

Paul Virilio is one of contemporary Continental thoughts most original and provocative critical voices. His vision of the impact of modern technology on the contemporary global condition is powerful and disturbing, ranging over art, science, politics and warfare.

In Art and Fear, Paul Virilio traces the twin development of art and science over the twentieth century. In his provocative and challenging vision, art and science vie with each other for the destruction of the human form as we know it. He traces the connections between the way early twentieth century avant-garde artists twisted and tortured the human form before making it vanish in abstraction, and the blasting to bits of men who were no more than cannon fodder i nthe trenches of the Great War; and between the German Expressionists hate-filled portraits of the damned, and the medical experiments of the Nazi eugenicists; and between the mangled messages of global advertising, and the organisation of global terrorism.

Now, at the start of the twenty-first century, science has finally left art behind, as genetic engineers prepare to turn themselves into the worst of expressionists, with the human being the raw material for new and monstrous forms of life.

Art and Fear is essential reading for anyone wondering where art has gone and where science is taking us.
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Paul Virilio. Perspective and the Obligation of Seeing. 2009

In Art and Fear, Paul Virilio traces the twin development of art and science over the twentieth century. In his provocative and challenging vision, art and science.
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Reviewed by: Art and Fear Frances S. Connelly Art and Fear. Paul Virilio. Julie Rose, transl. London and New York: Continuum, Paul Virilio's latest effort, Art and Fear , is a deeply frustrating book. It is a brief volume containing two essays: "A Pitiless Art" and "Silence on Trial," with an introduction by John Armitage that is nearly as long as the essays themselves.

By Paul Virilio. Translated by Julie Rose. New York: Continuum, ISBN In Art and Fear , Paul Virilio's arguments resonate with a polemical tone. The book resembles a treatise and actually comprises three essays: two composed by Virilio, which are the products of lectures given in France in , and an introductory exploration by one of Virilio's American interlocutors, John Armitage.

Qty : Please note there is a week delivery period for this title. Paul Virilio is one of contemporary Continental thought's most original and provocative critical voices. His vision of the impact of modern technology on the contemporary global condition is powerful and disturbing, ranging over art, science, politics and warfare. In Art and Fear, Paul Virilio traces the twin development of art and science over the twentieth century. In his provocative and challenging vision, art and science vie with each other for the destruction of the human form as we know it. He traces the connections between the way early twentieth century avant-garde artists twisted and tortured the human form before making it vanish in abstraction, and the blasting to bits of men who were no more than cannon fodder i nthe trenches of the Great War; and between the German Expressionists' hate-filled portraits of the damned, and the 'medical' experiments of the Nazi eugenicists; and between the mangled messages of global advertising, and the organisation of global terrorism.

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Paul Virilio, culture theorist, architect, claustrophobe and asthmatic, sits high on the ridge, communing with the supernatural and looking down on the herd below. So what is Virilio so upset about that he has to put pen to paper in Art and Fear and Crepuscular Dawn. Who and what is causing le boeuf de Virilio? Not just any artist—Charlie Chaplin is good and Bob Dylan sets the toes a tapping in a wholesome sort of way, but Stelarc, Christian Boltanski, Meg Stuart, and even Rothko have been way too negative and transgressive for the old architect from Paris. Virilio senses that the absence of the body in Abstraction leads to the absence of the living body through suicide, and the distorted images of the body in Expressionism encourage the torturer to distort the body of the victim. In a sense Virilio is the last of the medieval men, a pre-Baconite who is quite happy to appeal to authority rather than evidence; to not talk about the world as an independent external, but the world as it makes him feel. Enough of art for the phenomenologist, what about art for the scientist?

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It isn't particularly easy to read Paul Virilio's books. He writes in French, and it is difficult to translate his idiosyncratic puns, metaphors and neologisms into English. He doesn't really write books, though he has certainly published a great many texts. Virilio mainly writes articles and essays; he reads aloud papers he's written at conferences; and he gives in-depth interviews. Various collections of these furtive texts have been assembled and published as "books" that are often very short and, in the English translations, not illustrated. Finally, Virilio tends to develop his themes slowly, across the span of several "books," which makes it especially difficult for the newcomer to enter into his discourse, which dates back to the late s he was born in But Virilio needs to be read.

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