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Seeing from Above: The Aerial View in Visual Culture Paperback – 30 Oct 2013

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris (30 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780764618
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780764610
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1.4 x 26 cm
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Flying became possible because it was imagined. This is what a history of seeing from above discloses: we visualised angelic mobility before we could design it. In this fascinating collection the open eye of Google Earth retains at its vanishing point a turbulent history of self-elevation... An extraordinarily timely survey of earth from the sky, full of virtuosic new insights, ethical as well as aesthetic implications, and not without its share of vertigo.' - Paul Carter, author and artist 'This book brings out aeriality's multiple dimensions with such force that by the end one feels that - despite our imprisonment to gravity - we really live not on the earth, but at the bottom-most layer of a vast exospherical mirror filled with everything that makes us human.' - Mark Jarzombek, Professor of the History and Theory of Architecture, School of Architecture and Planning, MIT 'This remarkable collection of richly illustrated essays... will become a landmark for any scholar interested in the field of visual culture.' - Vincent Piveteau, Director, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Paysage de Versailles 'In its mapping of what has become our defining world picture, this is truly explication in excelsis.' - Steven Connor, Grace 2 Professor of English, University of Cambridge

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Mark Dorrian is Professor of Architecture Research, University of Newcastle, UK.
Frederic Pousin is Professor of History and Theory of Landscape, Universite de Paris, France.

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