The Aesthetics of Disappearance

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Zone Books, 1991 - Psychology - 120 pages
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In The Aesthetics of Disappearance, Paul Virilio traces out the relationship of biological optics to the technological "production of appearance." In the perceptual gaps demanding illusions of continuity, Virilio posits a hyper-opportunity for the production of art in speed. Jumping from Old Testament parable to the history of contemporary cinema, to the history of philosophy and contemporary technology, Virilio teleports among an irregular constellation of high-speed artifice where love is a motion faster than light and the paradoxes of empiricism mire science in "motion without mobility."

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I am a big Virilio fan, so enjoying the book so far. I seem to have come across references to George Melies more frequently in the past six months than in the previous decade. Thank you Hugo. The ... 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).

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