Art and Fear

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Continuum, 2004 - Art - 115 pages
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Art and Fear is compulsory reading for anyone still wondering where art has gone and where science is taking us. Paul Virilio traces the twin development of art and science over the 20th Century, a development that emerges as a nightmare dance of death. In Virilio's scorching vision, art and science vie with each other for the destruction of the human form as we know it. At the start of the 21st Century science has finally left art behind as genetic engineers prepare to turn themselves into the worst of expressionists, the Human Genome Project their godless manifesto, the human being, the raw material for new and monstrous forms of life. A brutal logic rules this shattering of representation: our ways of seeing are now fatally shaped by unprecedented 'scientific' modes of destruction.

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Review: Art and Fear (Continuum Impacts)

User Review  - Erina Czinner - Goodreads

Virillo uses modern art as the conversational anchor while swiftly providing historical reference points both scientific and technological to foreground the 'pitiless' nature of the twentieth-century. A good read for the art enthusiast. Read full review

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User Review  - Grace Suarez - Goodreads

As others have stated, while Virillo brings up some interesting points about violence in art, I don't necessarily agree with him. Auschwitz and WW2 were great tragedies, but say that all violence in ... Read full review

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Paul Virilio has published twenty-five books, including "Pure War" (1988) (his first in English) and "The Accident of Art" (2005), both written with SylvA]re Lotringer, as well as "Speed and Politics" and "Lost Dimension, " all published by Semiotext(e).

Rose is a writer and translator.

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