"One of those critical works packed with learning and insights that at the same time takes you on an exhilarating ride through its author's imagination." (Marina Warner, Guardian) "A hugely ambitious mapping of the complex intertwinings of film, architecture, and the body. This adventurous book will be of interest to anyone concerned with what we might call 'mobility studies': the attempt to understand cultural performances not as the manifestation of fixed structures but as the expression of restless energies." (Stephen Greenblatt)"From the Publisher:
What is the place of materiality - the expression or condition of a physical substance - in our visual age of rapidly changing materials and media? How is it fashioned in the arts or manifested in technology? In Surface, cultural critic and theorist Giuliana Bruno deftly explores these questions, seeking to understand materiality in the contemporary world. Arguing that materiality is not a question of the materials themselves but rather the substance of material relations, Bruno investigates the space of those relations, examining how they appear on the surface of different media - for example, on movie, television, or computer screens or on the skin of buildings and people. The object of visual studies, she insists, goes well beyond the image, and she contends that the contact between people and objects occurs on the surface. Through this tangible contact, we apprehend the art object and space of art. As such, Bruno threads through the surfaces of images, emphasizing the actual fabrics of the visual - the surface condition, the textural manifestation, the support of a work, and the way in which it is sited, whether on a canvas, a wall, or a screen. In performing these critical operations on the surface, she articulates it as a site in which different forms of mediation and transformation can take place. Surveying object relations across art, architecture, fashion, design, film, and new media, Surface is a magisterial account of contemporary visual culture.
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Descripción University Of Chicago Press, 2014. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 022610494X
Descripción University Of Chicago Press, 2014. Estado de conservación: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: This innovative book is concerned with the material reality of media in this virtual age. The book explores how visual objects appear on the surface of different media--on movie or television or computer screens, for example, or on the "skin" or "clothing" of buildings and people. It insists that the object of visual studies goes well beyond the image. The matter of Bruno's concern is not simply visual but, as she puts it, "tangible and material, spatial and environmental. I have long argued for a shift in our focus away from the optic and toward a haptic materiality. The reciprocal con tact between us and objects or environments indeed occurs on the surface. It is by way of such tangible, #145;superficial' contact that we apprehend the art object and the space of art.". Nº de ref. de la librería ABE_book_new_022610494X