Phantasmic Radio (Paperback)Allen S. Weiss (author)
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Phantasmic Radio presents a new perspective on the avant-garde radio experiments of Antonin Artaud and John Cage, and brings to light fascinating, lesser-known work by, among others, Valere Novarina, Gregory Whitehead, and Christof Migone. Weiss shows how Artaud's "body without organs" establishes the closure of the flesh after the death of God; how Cage's "imaginary landscapes" proffer the indissociability of techne and psyche; how Novarina reinvents the body through the word in his "theater of the ears." Going beyond the art historical context of these experiments, Weiss describes how, with their emphasis on montage and networks of transmission, they marked out the coordinates of modernism and prefigured what we now recognize as the postmodern.
Publisher: Duke University Press
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 200 g
Dimensions: 230 x 128 x 10 mm
"Putting a stethoscope to the chest of mass-culture's first darling medium, Alan Weiss draws radio art out of electomagnetic obscurity and onto the stage of current debates on subjectivity and technology, primitivism and vanguardism, psychology and textuality. Historically rich, astute, and argumentative, Phantasmic Radio charts the theoretical flutters in the land of lost bodies and drifting signals. It attends to the jarring and brilliant broadcast of ideas as they dance across our eardrums."-John Corbett, author of Extended Play