The Aesthetics of Disappearance (Paperback)

Author: Virilio, Paul

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The Aesthetics of Disappearance represents a juncture in Paul Virilio's thinking, one at which he first brought his focus onto the logistics of perception. If Speed and Politics established Virilio as the inaugural - and still consummate - theorist of "dromology" (the theory of speed and the society it defines), The Aesthetics of Disappearance introduced his understanding of "picnolepsy" - the epileptic state of consciousness produced by speed, or rather, the consciousness invented by the subject through its very absence: the gaps, glitches, and speed bumps lacing through and defining it. Speed and Politics defined the society of speed; The Aesthetics of Disappearance defines what it feels like to live in the society of speed.
Moving from the movie theater to the freeway, and from Craig Breedlove's attainment of terrifying speed in a rocket-power car to the immobility of Howard Hughes in his dark room atop the Desert Inn, Virillo jump cuts in Aesthetics from such disparate reference points as Fred Astaire, Franz Liszt, and Adolf Loos to Dostoyevsky, Paul Morand, and Aldous Huxley. In its extension of the "aesthetics of disappearance" to war, film, and politics, this book also paved the way to Virilio's follow-up: the celebrated study, War and Cinema.

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Publisher Semiotext
Mfg Part# 9781584350743
SKU 210524773
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1584350741
Release Date 8/5/2009
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Book Format Paperback
Minimum Age 22
Number of Pages 0127
Publisher Semiotext(e)

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