Art and Fear

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A&C Black, Apr 10, 2006 - Philosophy - 61 pages
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Paul Virilio is one of contemporary Continental thought's most original and provocative critical voices. His vision of the impact of modern technology on the contemporary global condition is powerful and disturbing, ranging over art, science, politics and warfare.

In Art and Fear, Paul Virilio traces the twin development of art and science over the twentieth century. In his provocative and challenging vision, art and science vie with each other for the destruction of the human form as we know it. He traces the connections between the way early twentieth century avant-garde artists twisted and tortured the human form before making it vanish in abstraction, and the blasting to bits of men who were no more than cannon fodder i nthe trenches of the Great War; and between the German Expressionists' hate-filled portraits of the damned, and the 'medical' experiments of the Nazi eugenicists; and between the mangled messages of global advertising, and the organisation of global terrorism.

Now, at the start of the twenty-first century, science has finally left art behind, as genetic engineers prepare to turn themselves into the worst of expressionists, with the human being the raw material for new and monstrous forms of life.

Art and Fear is essential reading for anyone wondering where art has gone and where science is taking us.

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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Virillo uses modern art as the conversational anchor while swiftly providing historical reference points both scientific and technological to foreground the 'pitiless' nature of the twentieth-century.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

Review: Art and Fear (Continuum Impacts)

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 is Director of the Ecole Speciale d'Architecture in Paris and author of over 15 books, including Art and Fear and Desert Screen.

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