Weimar Surfaces: Urban Visual Culture in 1920s Germany / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- University of California Press
Germany of the 1920s offers a stunning moment in modernity, a time when surface values first became determinants of taste, activity, and occupation: modernity was still modern, spectacle was still spectacular. Janet Ward's luminous study revisits Weimar Germany via the lens of metropolitan visual culture, analyzing the power that 1920s Germany holds for today's visual codes of consumerism.
About the Author
Janet Ward is Associate Professor of German Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is the coeditor of Agonistics: Arenas of Creative Contest (1997), co-editor of the forthcoming German Studies in the Post-Holocaust Age: The Politics of Memory, Identity, and Ethnicity (2001) and is currently writing a book on post-Wall architecture in Berlin
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations Acknowledgments
Introduction. Modern Surface and Postmodern Simulation: A Retrospective Retrieval Agendas of Surface and SimulacrumWeimar Surfaces NowTactility in the CityExhibiting SuperficiesPhilosophies of CounterfeitResistances to Weimar SurfaceSurface, Academy, and World 1. Functionalist Façades: The Reformation of Weimar Architecture The Building's New FaceDecoration Do’s and Don’tsBrave New WorldGlass CultureThe Pains of Tabula RasaSurface Art at HomeFashioning the Female Body 2. Electric Stimulations: The Shock of the New Objectivity in Weimar Advertising Advertising as PowerElectric ModernityThe Architecture of LightShock Treatments"Light Lures People," Rejecting the ModernThe Embrace of the Avant-GardePostmodernity and the Space of Advertising3.
Into the Mouth of the Moloch: Weimar Surface Culture Goes to the Movies From Caligari-Effect to Film-Set OmnipotenceKracauer versus the Weimar Film CityCelebratory Film StreetsThe Weimar Movie Palaces: Façades on Façades"The Total Artwork of Effects," Cinema and the Secularization of Ritual 4. The Display Window: Designs and Desires of Weimar Consumerism The Phantasmagoria of SellingThrough the Looking GlassThe Opening in the WallWindow TechniquesThe Display Window as Mechanical-Age ArtworkTransparencies of Truth and LieMannequins on Both Sides of the GlassThe Murderer at the WindowPost-Wall Re-CreationsAppendix: Selected Weimar Periodicals and Newspapers Notes Illustration Sources