Devices of Wonder: From the World in a Box to Images on a Screen

Devices of Wonder: From the World in a Box to Images on a Screen

by Barbara Maria Stafford, Frances Terpak, J Paul Getty Museum
     
 

ISBN-10: 0892365900

ISBN-13: 9780892365906

Pub. Date: 12/28/2001

Publisher: Getty Publications


An inquiry into emergent media's rich lineage, Devices of Wonder explores the artful machines humans have used to augment visual perception.
The encyclopedic cabinet of curiosities serves as a model for this study of the archaic instruments lurking in state-of-the art technology. Featured in Devices of Wonder are android automata, lunar landscapes, perspective…  See more details below

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An inquiry into emergent media's rich lineage, Devices of Wonder explores the artful machines humans have used to augment visual perception.
The encyclopedic cabinet of curiosities serves as a model for this study of the archaic instruments lurking in state-of-the art technology. Featured in Devices of Wonder are android automata, lunar landscapes, perspective theaters, vues d'optique, microscopes, magnetic games, magic lanterns, camera obscuras, boxes by Joseph Cornell, Lucas Samaras's Mirrored Room, Suzanne Anker's Zoosemiotics, Mark Tilden's UniBug 3.1, panoramic works by Jeff Wall and Giovanni Lusieri, paintings by Jean-Baptiste Chardin and Joseph Wright of Derby, projections by Diana Thater and James Turrell, and a pop-up book by Kara Walker.
Barbara Stafford's introduction weaves these fascinating artifacts into a provocative narrative analyzing the complex links between old and new media. Her wide-ranging investigation is complemented by thirty-one short essays in which Frances Terpak tracks the often surprising connections among individual items. Like the cabinet of curiosities, Devices of Wonder functions as an analogical instrument, reframing the beautiful "eye machines" that continue to mediate our encounters with the world.
This book is published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Getty Museum from November 13, 2001, through February 6, 2002.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892365906
Publisher:
Getty Publications
Publication date:
12/28/2001
Series:
Videotapes Ser.
Edition description:
1
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
1,004,780
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Revealing Technologies / Magical Domains
The Demon of Analogy1
Cabinet-Instrument6
Crystalline Machines20
Domestic Reflections30
Cog-in-a-Box35
Techniques of Epiphany47
Shadow Cave66
Phantomware79
Bright Oramas90
Home Appliances102
Cosmos in a Palm109
Objects and Contexts143
The Eye, Natural and Artificial143
Wunderkammern and Wunderkabinette148
Display Cabinet with Assemblage158
Selling Natural History165
Lodestones and Magnets172
Hoefnagel180
Faceted Lenses184
Experiments in the Home191
Imaging the Moon197
Microscopes205
Solar Microscope215
Zoosemiotics220
Changing Images222
Anamorphosis235
Anthropomorphic Landscapes248
Blow Book252
Mirrors256
Automata (Batteries Not Included)266
The Pantograph and the Writing Automaton274
The Boxes of Joseph Cornell281
The Shadows of Kara Walker290
Magic Lantern297
Theatre de l'univers307
Panoramas315
Diorama325
Carmontelle330
Perspective Theaters336
Vues d'optique344
Images in Motion354
Stereo357
Light and Virtual Substance362
List of Objects in the Exhibition365
Illustration Credits394
Index397

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