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Bodies in Code : Interfaces with Digital Media - Mark B. N. Hansen

Bodies in Code

Interfaces with Digital Media

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2006
ISBN: 9780415970150
Number Of Pages: 340

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"Bodies in Code "explores how our bodies experience and adapt to digital environments. Cyberculture theorists have tended to overlook biological reality when talking about virtual reality, and Mark B. N. Hansen's book shows what they've been missing. Cyberspace is anchored in the body, he argues, and it's the body--not high-tech computer graphics--that allows a person to feel like they are really "moving" through virtual reality. Of course these virtual experiences are also profoundly affecting our very understanding of what it means to live as embodied beings.
Hansen draws upon recent work in visual culture, cognitive science, and new media studies, as well as examples of computer graphics, websites, and new media art, to show how our bodies are in some ways already becoming virtual.

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"A stunning work of philosophical originality and brilliance." -Timothy Lenoir, Stanford University

Introduction : from the image to the power of imaging : virtual reality and the "originary" specularity of embodimentp. 1
All reality is mixed realityp. 1
The power of imaging and the privilege of the operationalp. 6
Virtual reality as embodied power of imagingp. 14
Bodies in code, or how primordial tactility introjects technics into human lifep. 25
"Make use of what nature has given us!"p. 25
Body schema as potentialityp. 38
Technics and the dissolution of the body imagep. 43
Specularity beyond the mirror-imagep. 53
All exteriorizations are exteriorizations of the skinp. 59
Primordial tactilityp. 67
Seeing through the handp. 71
Worldskinp. 82
The tele-absent bodyp. 94
Embodying virtual reality : tactility and self-movement in the work of Char Daviesp. 107
The primacy of self-movement in conferring reality on perceptionp. 113
Beyond the body-image : embodying psychastheniap. 126
Digitizing the racialized body, or the politics of common improprietyp. 139
Beyond symbolic interpellation : understanding digital performativityp. 142
Beyond visibility : the generalization of passingp. 145
"Corporeal malediction" and the "racial-epidermal schema"p. 147
From Negrophobia to Negrophiliap. 156
Mobilizing affectivity beyond the imagep. 163
Forging the affection-bodyp. 168
Wearable spacep. 175
Encountering the blurp. 178
The architectural bodyp. 183
The "interiority" of architecturep. 191
Internal resonancep. 197
A new organicismp. 199
Wearing the blurp. 210
The digital topography of House of leavesp. 221
The digitalp. 229
Mediap. 232
Bodyp. 238
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ISBN: 9780415970150
ISBN-10: 0415970156
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 340
Published: 1st April 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.17 x 16.0  x 2.41
Weight (kg): 0.6
Edition Number: 1