Visions of Modernity: Representation, Memory, Time and Space in the Age of the Camera

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Overview

Visions of Modernity explores the relationship between technology, society and identity that underpins contemporary 'media culture'. By tracing particular historical shifts as they have intersected with different camera technologies - photography, cinema, television - Scott Mc Quire engages with broad social and political transformations. Focusing on the camera, Mc Quire offers a useful point of entry for understanding the processes of modernization and the dramatic changes - perceptual, experiential and epistemological - that characterize modernity.

Visions of Modernity will be of interest to students of sociology, media and cultural studies, art history, geography and anthropology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761953005
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/6/1998
  • Pages: 288

Meet the Author

Scott Mc Quire completed his Ph D in the Politics Department at the University of Melbourne in 1995. He has a strong interest in interdisciplinary research and has lectured in disciplines including politics, sociology, cinema studies, art and architecture, and media and communication. Scott has held a number of research fellowships including a visiting fellowship at the Department of Film, Theatre and Television, UCLA (1998), an ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship (1999-2000), and a visiting fellowship at the Celeste Bartos International Film Study Center, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2000). He returned to the University of Melbourne to help establish the Media and Communication Programme in 2001. He is an active researcher who has been a Chief Investigator on six Australian Research Council funded projects. He has also received funding from the Australia Council for the Arts, and has undertaken research consultancies for the Communications Law Centre, the Australian Film Commission and the Australian Key Centre for Media and Cultural Policy.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Origin of the Image: The Image of the Origin
PART ONE: THE RUINS OF REPRESENTATION
Photomimesis
The Geometric Universe
Writing with Light
The Mechanical Eye of Reason
Promiscuous Meanings
The Mobile Frame
Flickering in Eclipses
The Ends of Representation
PART TWO: PHOTOMNEMONICS
The Eye of the Camera Faces Backwards
The Law of Progress
The Crisis of Memory
Amnesic Cultures
Eternity's Hostage
The Camera and the Archive
Intolerable Memories
Biodegradable Histories
PART THREE: THE NEW PLASTICITY OF SPACE AND TIME
Pure Speed
From Transport to Teleport
Reconstructing 'the World'
The Myth of the Centre
In the Neon Forest
Interzones
Unstable Architectures
Telepresence and the Government of Time

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