Beyond the Image Machine: A History of Visual Technologies

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2004 - Philosophy - 231 pages

Beyond the Image Machine is an eloquent and stimulating argument for an alternative history of scientific and technological imaging systems. Drawing on a range of hitherto and marginalised examples from the world of visual representation and the work of key theorists and thinkers, such as Latour, de Certeau, McLuhan and Barthes, David Tomas offers a disarticulated and deviant view of the relationship between archaic and new representations, imaging technologies and media induced experience. Rejecting the possibility of absolute forms of knowledge, Tomas shows how new media technologies have changed the nature of established disciplines.

The book develops Tomas's own theory of transcultural space and makes several original contributions to current debates on the culture of advanced technology.

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Beyond the Image Machine is an eloquent Virtual things, it is often believed, are things that only have a simulated existence on a computer, and are therefore not real, like physical things. for an ... Read full review


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