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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).
|1||Video Haptics and Erotics||1|
|I||The Haptic Subject|
|2||Animal Appetites, Animal Identifications||23|
|3||"I Am Very Frightened by the Things I Film"||41|
|II||Haptics and Erotics|
|4||Here's Gazing at You||57|
|5||Love the One You're With: Straight Women, Gay Porn, and the Scene of Erotic Looking||73|
|6||Loving a Disappearing Image||91|
|7||The Logic of Smell||113|
|8||Institute Benjamenta: An Olfactory View||127|
|9||J's Smell Movie: A Shot List||141|
|IV||Haptics and Electronics|
|10||Video's Body, Analog and Digital||147|
|11||How Electrons Remember||161|
|13||Ten Years of Dreams about Art||193|
|Filmography and Videography (with Distributor Information)||241|