Touch: Sensuous Theory and Multisensory Media
In Touch, Laura U. Marks develops a critical approach more tactile than visual, an intensely physical and sensuous engagement with works of media art that enriches our understanding and experience of these works and of art itself.
These critical, theoretical, and personal essays serve as a guide to developments in nonmainstream media art during the past ten years -- sexual representation debates, documentary ethics, the shift from analog to digital media, a new social obsession with smell. Marks takes up well-known artists like experimental filmmaker Ken Jacobs and mysterious animators the Brothers Quay, and introduces groundbreaking, lesser-known film, video, and digital artists.
From this emerges a materialist theory -- an embodied, erotic relationship to art and to the world. Marks's approach leads to an appreciation of the works' mortal bodies: film's volatile emulsion, video's fragile magnetic base, crash-prone Net art; it also offers a productive alternative to the popular understanding of digital media as "virtual" and immaterial. Weaving a continuous fabric from philosophy, fiction, science, dreams, and intimate experience, Touch opens a new world of art media to readers.
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1 Video Haptics and Erotics
2 Animal Appetites Animal Identifications
3 I Am Very Frightened by the Things I Film
4 Heres Gazing at You
Straight Women Gay Porn and the Scene of Erotic Looking
6 Loving a Disappearing Image
7 The Logic of Smell
An Olfactory View
10 Videos Body Analog and Digital
11 How Electrons Remember
12 Immanence Online
13 Ten Years of Dreams about Art
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Non-representational Theory: Space, Politics, Affect
N. J. Thrift
No preview available - 2008
The Senses of Touch: Haptics, Affects and Technologies
No preview available - 2007