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Beyond the Image Machine : A History of Visual Technologies - David Tomas

Beyond the Image Machine

A History of Visual Technologies

Paperback Published: 1st March 2004
ISBN: 9780826462732
Number Of Pages: 240

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Beyond the Image Machine: A History of Visual Technologies is an eloquent and stimulating argument for an alternative history of scientific and technological imaging systems. It explores the ways in which the technological medium through which a piece of visual art is rendered contributes significantly to the experience of the human looking at it. Through a series of studies of individual art works, David Tomas gives a fascinating and wholly original account of the relationship between visual technology and human sensory perception. Illustrated throughout, the book draws on a range of hitherto marginalised examples from the world of visual representation. In examining these art works and, it draws upon the work of such key theorists as Latour, de Certeau, Mc Luhan and Barthes. Beyond the Image Machine is an original and contribution to the study of visual culture and the technologies that mediate it. It is a book that changes the terms of the debate and redefines the discipline. Anyone studying, teaching or researching in this area will find it a rich source of ideas and inspiration.

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--Critical Inquiry- mentioning (Autumn 2005)

Introductionp. 1
Thresholds Between Media and Historyp. 11
Pictures of the New and the Materialization of Vision from the Age of Discovery to the Era of the Posthumanp. 13
Reinventing Media Historiesp. 41
The Materialization of Sentience: The Dynamo and the Virginp. 43
The Incubator: Niepce's Heliographic Imprint of 1826p. 61
Reimagining the Computer's Origins: Mechanical Drawing and Charles Babbage's Calculating Enginesp. 84
Alternate Models of the Virtual: Optical Thresholds in Camera Lucidas and Head-mounted Displaysp. 105
Beyond the Cyborg: Antonio Panizzi's 1852 Diagram for a Circular Reading Room at the British Museump. 136
Future Historiesp. 159
Unorthodox Time Machines: Images and Instruments across Space, Time and Historyp. 161
Notesp. 196
Bibliographyp. 213
Indexp. 221
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ISBN: 9780826462732
ISBN-10: 0826462731
Series: Technologies: Studies in Culture & Theory (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st March 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 16.15  x 1.32
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1