Atomic Light (Shadow Optics)

Atomic Light (Shadow Optics)

by Akira Mizuta Lippit

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ISBN-13: 9780816646111
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 12/25/2005
Edition description: 1
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,275,275
Product dimensions: 5.87(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
0Universes1
"Hoichi the Earless"
Blindness and invisibility
Exscription
Atomic destruction and phantom visuality
Catastrophic light, Japanese visual culture
Jorge Luis Borges, "The Library of Babel" (1941)
The universal Library and secret archive
Traces of the uninscribed and uninscribable
"The true story of your death"
Atomism
The shadow archive
Jacques Derrida, Archive Fever (1995)
Heterogeneity and psychoanalysis
A universe of the unarchivable
1The Shadow Archive (A Secret Light)13
"The secret is the very ash of the archive"
Sigmund Freud, Moses and Monotheism (1934-39)
"Into the light"
"The shadow of the god"
Secrecy and pseudonymy
Tanizaki Jun'ichiro, In Praise of Shadows (1933-34)
Illumination and the archive
"The glow of grime"
Radiation descends from above and assails the body like a fever
Cinders and atomic writing
Pellicular surfaces
X-rays and cinema, profound superficiality
Secret visuality
Avisuality
Cinefaction
2Modes of Avisuality: Psychoanalysis-X-ray-Cinema35
"The dream of Irma's injection"
The secret of dreams and the secret dream
Formlessness and interiority
"The very invisibility of the invisible within the visible"
Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen
Berthe's hand, X-rays
Inside out
Skiagraphy
Penetrating light and the Visible Human Project
Destructive visuality
Anniversaries, apocalypse
X sign
The dream of cinema
An exemplary design
3Cinema Surface Design61
"The psychology of movement"
Early cinema, making visible the invisible
Auguste and Louis Lumiere, the surface of the screen
Imaginary depth
"Unseen energy swallowing space"
Screens and displaced collisions
"Phantom rides"
Invisible thresholds between life and death
"The metaphysical surface" (Gilles Deleuze)
James Williamson, The Big Swallow (circa 1901)
Total visibility
The outer surface of consciousness
The phantasm
4An Atomic Trace81
"Eyes melted out of sheer ecstasy"
Colorlessness
The wrathful light of atoms
Invisible men
Optical density and diffusion
Allegories of atomic radiation
Invisibility and transparency
H. G. Wells (1897) and James Whale (1933), The Invisible Man
"A black cavity"
Racelessness
Unimaginable destruction, catastrophic light
Photographic sculptures
Face and surface, facelessness
Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man (1952)
IM, "hypervisibility"
"Outside history"
Atomic and anatomic
Phonic atomism
The spaceless image
5Exscription/Antigraphy105
Maurice Merleau-Ponty, "a blending of some sort"
Painting and the universal image
Tanizaki's Japanese skin, which radiates darkness
"A bright shadow"
A dark writing
Atomic, atopic
Ibuse Masuji, Black Rain (1965)
Liquid atomic ash
Interiorized world
Emulsion, "an immiscible mixture"
Marguerite Duras and Alain Resnais, Hiroshima mon amour (1959), cinders and rain
An atomic trope, writing on skin
Mizoguchi Kenji, Ugetsu (1953), the searing surface
Impressions
"Eyes destined to weep"
Kobayashi Masaki, Kwaidan (1964), the invisible body
Disturbance of the senses
Demontage
Catastrophic synthesis
Antigraphy
Teshigahara Hiroshi, Woman in the Dunes (1964)
Identity papers
A liquid desert
8:15 a.m.
Water from sand
A smooth archive
6Phantom Cures: Obscurity and Emptiness133
Psychic visuality and displaced interority
Kore-eda Hirokazu, Maborosi (1995)
"A beautiful light"
Memory and dream, the acousmatic voice
Passages and lines
A shadow optics
Kurosawa Kiyoshi, Cure (1997)
"X"
"I myself am empty"
Memories returned from the outside
Roger Corman, X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)
Atomic vision
Photographing emptiness
Mesmerism
Interiority constituted by the lack of interiority
Circumcision, secret cuts
The cure/to cure
Dark worlds
"Sightless vision," a vision machine at the end of cinema
Universe
Notes159
Index195

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