Art and Fear

Art and Fear

by Paul Virilio
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826473199

ISBN-13: 9780826473196

Pub. Date: 09/28/2004

Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group

Paul Virilio traces the twin development of art and science over the 20th Century, a development that emerges as a nightmare dance of death. In Virilio's scorching vision, art and science vie with each other for the destruction of the human form as we know it. At the start of the 21st Century science has finally left art behind as genetic engineers prepare to turn

Overview

Paul Virilio traces the twin development of art and science over the 20th Century, a development that emerges as a nightmare dance of death. In Virilio's scorching vision, art and science vie with each other for the destruction of the human form as we know it. At the start of the 21st Century science has finally left art behind as genetic engineers prepare to turn themselves into the worst of expressionists, the Human Genome Project their godless manifesto, the human being, the raw material for new and monstrous forms of life.

Virilio makes all the connections clear: between the way early 20th Century avant-gardes 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 in the trenches of the Great War; between the German Expressionists' hate-filled portraits of the damned and the "medical" experiments of the Nazi eugenicists; between the mangled messages of sensationalist advertising and terrorism. A brutal logic rules this shattering of representation: our ways of seeing are now fatally shaped by unprecedented "scientific" modes of destruction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826473196
Publisher:
Continuum International Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Series:
Continuum Impacts Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 7.46(h) x 0.39(d)

Table of Contents

Translator's prefacevii
Art and Fear: an introduction1
A Pitiless Art25
Silence on Trial67
Notes97
Bibliography105
Index109

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