The Architecture of the Visible: Technology and Urban Visual Culture (Technologies: Studies in Culture & Theory)

The Architecture of the Visible: Technology and Urban Visual Culture (Technologies: Studies in Culture & Theory)

Graham MacPhee


visible expertise saturates lifestyle. Theories of the visual-now key to debates throughout cultural reviews, social thought, paintings background, literary experiences and philosophy-have interpreted this new situation because the starting of a dystopian destiny, of cultural decline, social disempowerment and political passivity. Intellectuals-from Baudelaire to Debord, Benjamin, Virilio, Jameson, Baudrillard and Derrida-have explored how know-how not just reinvents the visible, but in addition adjustments the character of tradition itself. The heartland of all such cultural research has been the town, from Baudelaire's flaneur to Benjamin's arcades. The structure of the obvious provides a wide-ranging severe reassessment of up to date ways to visible tradition via an research of pivotal technological innovation from the telescope, via images to movie. Drawing at the examples of Paris and New York-two key global towns for over centuries-Graham MacPhee analyzes how visible know-how is revolutionizing the panorama of recent notion, politics and tradition.

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