Reading the Figural, or, Philosophy After the New Media

Reading the Figural, or, Philosophy After the New Media

D. N. Rodowick


In examining the Figural, or, Philosophy after the recent Media D. N. Rodowick applies the concept that of “the figural” to numerous philosophical and aesthetic concerns. encouraged by means of the cultured philosophy of Jean-François Lyotard, the figural defines a semiotic regime the place the excellence among linguistic and plastic illustration breaks down. This competition, which has been the philosophical origin of aesthetics because the eighteenth century, has been explicitly challenged by way of the recent digital, televisual, and electronic media. Rodowick—one of the main movie theorists writing today—contemplates this problem, describing and critiquing the recent regime of symptoms and new methods of pondering that such media have inaugurated.

To absolutely understand the emergence of the figural calls for a genealogical critique of the cultured, Rodowick claims. looking allies during this attempt to deconstruct the competition of note and snapshot and to create new techniques for comprehending the figural, he trips via a variety of philosophical writings: Thierry Kuntzel and Marie-Claire Ropars-Wuilleumier on movie conception; Jacques Derrida at the deconstruction of the cultured; Siegfried Kracauer and Walter Benjamin at the historic photograph as a utopian strength in images and movie; and Gilles Deleuze and Michel Foucault at the emergence of the figural as either a semiotic regime and a brand new stratagem of strength coincident with the looks of electronic phenomena and of societies of control.

Scholars of philosophy, movie conception, cultural feedback, new media, and paintings historical past might be drawn to the unique and complex insights present in this ebook.

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