Touch: Sensuous Theory And Multisensory Media

Touch: Sensuous Theory And Multisensory Media

by Laura U. Marks
     
 

In Touch, Laura U. Marks develops a critical approach more tactile than visual, an intensely physical and sensuous engagement with works of media art that enriches our understanding and experience of these works and of art itself.

These critical, theoretical, and personal essays serve as a guide to developments in nonmainstream media art during the past ten

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In Touch, Laura U. Marks develops a critical approach more tactile than visual, an intensely physical and sensuous engagement with works of media art that enriches our understanding and experience of these works and of art itself.

These critical, theoretical, and personal essays serve as a guide to developments in nonmainstream media art during the past ten years-sexual representation debates, documentary ethics, the shift from analog to digital media, a new social obsession with smell. Marks takes up well-known artists like experimental filmmaker Ken Jacobs and mysterious animators the Brothers Quay, and introduces groundbreaking, lesser-known film, video, and digital artists.

From this emerges a materialist theory-an embodied, erotic relationship to art and to the world. Marks's approach leads to an appreciation of the works' mortal bodies: film's volatile emulsion, video's fragile magnetic base, crash-prone Net art; it also offers a productive alternative to the popular understanding of digital media as "virtual" and immaterial. Weaving a continuous fabric from philosophy, fiction, science, dreams, and intimate experience, Touch opens a new world of art media to readers.

Laura U. Marks, associate professor of film studies at Carleton University, Ottawa, is a critic and curator of artists' independent media. She is the author of The Skin of the Film (2000).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816638888
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
10/11/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1Video Haptics and Erotics1
IThe Haptic Subject
2Animal Appetites, Animal Identifications23
3"I Am Very Frightened by the Things I Film"41
IIHaptics and Erotics
4Here's Gazing at You57
5Love the One You're With: Straight Women, Gay Porn, and the Scene of Erotic Looking73
6Loving a Disappearing Image91
IIIOlfactory Haptics
7The Logic of Smell113
8Institute Benjamenta: An Olfactory View127
9J's Smell Movie: A Shot List141
IVHaptics and Electronics
10Video's Body, Analog and Digital147
11How Electrons Remember161
12Immanence Online177
13Ten Years of Dreams about Art193
Notes217
Filmography and Videography (with Distributor Information)241
Publication Information247
Index249

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