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Art and Fear (Continuum Impacts) [Paperback]

Paul Virilio , Julie Rose
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9 Mar 2006 Continuum Impacts
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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  • Paperback: 70 pages
  • Publisher: Continnuum-3PL; New edition edition (9 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826487963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826487964
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.9 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 604,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"'Is Virilio a strident critic out of touch with contemporary culture or is Art and Fear a deft excoriation of excess? Either way, this is a short, sharp and gripping book' Modern Painters 'Virilio's lonely voice [is] more disturbing and timely than ever.' New Statesman"

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Paul Virilio is Director of the Ecole Speciale d'Architecture in Paris and the author of over fifteen books, including Desert Screen and Negative Horizon.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brief, powerfull and timely 20 Feb 2007
"Art and Fear" is probably the most-read philosophical piece in my book collection. (Admittedly that may have to do with its brevity). Virilio is at the top of his form, pondering what he believes to be the future of art, science and the human form - not just in representation but in biological actuality.

It has made me think long and hard. It has given me sleepless nights. But above all, it has entertained. While not the most lucid writing style, particularly for those readers not well versed in his areas of discourse, it is none-the less written in an expressive, almost poetic style.

Its not very long (so you can read it in a day and then brag you've done an entire philosophy book). Its not at all boring. I can't think of a better reason for anyone to pick up this book and read it - other than the sheer enormity and presence of his arguments.
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