Atlas of Emotion: Journeys in Art, Architecture, and Film

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Traversing a varied and enchanting landscape with forays into the fields of geography, art, architecture, design, cartography and film, Giuliana Bruno’s Atlas of Emotion, winner of the 2004 Kraszna-Krausz award for “the world’s best book on the moving image”, is a highly original endeavor to map a cultural history of spatio-visual arts. In an evocative montage of words and pictures she emphasizes that “sight” and “site” but also “motion” and “emotion” are irrevocably connected. In so doing, she touches on the art...
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Overview

Traversing a varied and enchanting landscape with forays into the fields of geography, art, architecture, design, cartography and film, Giuliana Bruno’s Atlas of Emotion, winner of the 2004 Kraszna-Krausz award for “the world’s best book on the moving image”, is a highly original endeavor to map a cultural history of spatio-visual arts. In an evocative montage of words and pictures she emphasizes that “sight” and “site” but also “motion” and “emotion” are irrevocably connected. In so doing, she touches on the art of Gerhard Richter and Annette Messagem: the film-making of Peter Greenaway and Michaelangelo Antonioni; the origins of the movie palace and its precursors, and on her own journeys to her native Naples. Visually luscious and daring in conception, Bruno opens new vistas and understandings at every turn.
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Editorial Reviews

Choice
“In this astonishingly provocative, captivating, tender, elegant, and passionate nonchronological, interdisciplinary book, Bruno connects splendidly a psychogeography of cultural life. . . She takes the readers through a poetico-scholarly and picturesque journey—a visual travelogue, based both on philosophical theories and erudite conjectures. . . . Bruno writes like an expressionist painter, who deeply captures the invisible and the instantaneous.”
Guardian
One of those critical works packed with learning and insights that at the same time takes you on an exhilarating ride through its author's imagination.— Marina Warner
Marina Warner - Guardian
“One of those critical works packed with learning and insights that at the same time takes you on an exhilarating ride through its author's imagination.”
Stephen Greenblatt
“A hugely ambitious mapping of the complex intertwinings of film, architecture,
and the body. This adventurous book will be of interest to anyone concerned with what we might call ‘mobility studies': the attempt to understand cultural performances not as the manifestation of fixed structures but as the expression of restless energies.”
Mark Wigley
“In an exhilarating ride, the reader is transported across this vast hidden landscape to reach a whole new understanding of spatial experience.”
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“One of those critical works packed with learning and insights that at the same time takes you on an exhilarating ride through its author’s imagination.”—Marina Warner, Guardian

“In this astonishingly provocative, captivating, tender, elegant, and passionate nonchronological, interdisciplinary book, Bruno connects splendidly a psychogeography of cultural life. . . She takes the readers through a poetico-scholarly and picturesque journey—a visual travelogue, based both on philosophical theories and erudite conjectures ... Bruno writes like an expressionist painter, who deeply captures the invisible and the instantaneous.”—Choice

“A hugely ambitious mapping of the complex intertwinings of film, architecture, and the body. This adventurous book will be of interest to anyone concerned with what we might call ‘mobility studies’: the attempt to understand cultural performances not as the manifestation of fixed structures but as the expression of restless energies.”—Stephen Greenblatt, Harvard University

“In an exhilarating ride, the reader is transported across this vast hidden landscape to reach a whole new understanding of spatial experience.”—Mark Wigley, Professor of Architecture, Columbia University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859841334
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 953,045
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Giuliana Bruno is Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. She is the author of Public Intimacy: Architecture and the Visual Arts, and Streetwalking on a Ruined Map, winner of the 1993 Katherine Kovacs prize for the best book in film studies.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Prologue     1
Architecture     13
Site-Seeing: The Cine City     15
A Geography of the Moving Image     55
Travel     73
Traveling Domestic: The Movie "House"     75
Fashioning Travel Space     111
Geography     131
The Architecture of the Interior     133
Haptic Routes: View Painting and Garden Narratives     171
Art of Mapping     205
An Atlas of Emotions     207
An Archive of Emotion Pictures     247
Design     281
M Is for Mapping: Art, Apparel, Architecture Is for Peter Greenaway     283
Film and Museum Architexture: Excursus with Gerhard Richter's Atlas     331
House     359
Views from Home     361
My "Voyage in Italy"     401
Notes     423
List of Illustrations     463
Index     469
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