Introduction to Visual Culture / Edition 1

Introduction to Visual Culture / Edition 1

by Nicholas Mirzoeff
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415158761

ISBN-13: 9780415158763

Pub. Date: 07/28/1999

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This is a wide-ranging and stimulating introduction to the history and theory of visual culture from painting to the computer and television screen. It will prove indispensable to students of art and art history as well as students of cultural studies.
Mirzoeff begins by defining what visual culture is, and explores how and why visual media - fine art, cinema, the…  See more details below

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This is a wide-ranging and stimulating introduction to the history and theory of visual culture from painting to the computer and television screen. It will prove indispensable to students of art and art history as well as students of cultural studies.
Mirzoeff begins by defining what visual culture is, and explores how and why visual media - fine art, cinema, the Internet, advertising, performance, photography, television - have become so central to contemporary everyday life. He argues that the visual is replacing the linguistic as our primary means of communicating with each other and of understanding our postmodern world.
Part One of the Introduction presents a history of modern ways of seeing, including:
* the formal practices of line and colour in painting
* photographys claim to represent reality
* virtual reality, from the nineteenth century to the present.
In Part Two, Mirzoeff examines:
* the visualization of race, sexuality and human identity in culture
* gender and sexuality and questions of the gaze in visual culture
* representations of encounters with the other, from colonial narratives to Science Fiction texts such as The Thing, Independence Day, Star Trek and The X-Files
* the death of Princess Diana and the popular mourning which followed as marking the coming of age of a global visualized culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415158763
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/28/1999
Edition description:
ILLUSTRATE
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: What is visual culture?1
Pt. 1Visuality35
1Picture definition: Line, color, vision37
2The age of photography (1839-1982)65
3Virtuality: From virtual antiquity to the pixel zone91
Pt. 2Culture127
4Transculture: From Kongo to the Congo129
5Seeing sex162
6First contact: From Independence Day to 1492 and Millennium193
Pt. 3Global/Local229
7Diana's death: Gender, photography and the inauguration of global visual culture231
Coda: Fire255
Index261

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