The Aesthetics of Disappearance

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"The Aesthetics of Disappearance represents a juncture in Paul Virilio's thinking, one at which he first brought his focus onto the logistics of perception. If Speed and Politics established Virilio as the inaugural - and still consummate - theorist of "dromology" (the theory of speed and the society it defines), The Aesthetics of Disappearance introduced his understanding of "picnolepsy" - the epileptic state of consciousness produced by speed, or rather, the consciousness invented by the subject through its very absence: the gaps, glitches, and ...
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"The Aesthetics of Disappearance represents a juncture in Paul Virilio's thinking, one at which he first brought his focus onto the logistics of perception. If Speed and Politics established Virilio as the inaugural - and still consummate - theorist of "dromology" (the theory of speed and the society it defines), The Aesthetics of Disappearance introduced his understanding of "picnolepsy" - the epileptic state of consciousness produced by speed, or rather, the consciousness invented by the subject through its very absence: the gaps, glitches, and speed bumps lacing through and defining it. Speed and Politics defined the society of speed; The Aesthetics of Disappearance defines what it feels like to live in the society of speed." Moving from the movie theater to the freeway, and from Craig Breedlove's attainment of terrifying speed in a rocket-power car to the immobility of Howard Hughes in his dark room atop the Desert Inn, Virillo jump cuts in Aesthetics from such disparate reference points as Fred Astaire, Franz Liszt, and Adolf Loos to Dostoyevsky, Paul Morand, and Aldous Huxley. In its extension of the "aesthetics of disappearance" to war, film, and politics, this book also paved the way to Virilio's follow-up: the celebrated study, War and Cinema.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781570270413
  • Publisher: Semiotexte/Smart Art
  • Publication date: 12/1/1991
  • Series: Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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Paul Virilio was born in 1932 and has published a wide range of books, essays, and interviews grappling with the question of speed and technology, including Speed andPolitics, The Aesthetics of Disappearance, and The Accident of Art, all published by Semiotext(e).

Jonathan Crary is Meyer Schapiro Professor of Modern Art and Theory at Columbia University. Afounding editor of Zone Books, he is the author of Techniques of the Observer (MIT Press, 1990) and coeditor of Incorporations (Zone Books, 1992). He has been the recipient of Guggenheim, Getty, Mellon, and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

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