Vertov, Snow, Farocki: Machine Vision and the Posthuman (Paperback)David Tomas (author)
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
Tomas, an artist and anthropologist at the Universite du Quebec, Montreal, continues the work he undertook in Beyond the Image Machine: A History of Visual Technologies, exhorting readers to view visual technologies differently. In this volume, Tomas attempts to shift attention from aesthetic products to ritual practices. Specifically, he argues for understanding the mechanical process of filming as a rite of passage whereby the image is taken, processed, and reincorporated into the socio-symbolic order. This ritual structure becomes the basis for a comparative anthropological study of Dziga Vertov's The Man with a Movie Camera, Michael Snow's La Region Centrale and De La, and Harun Farocki's trilogy Eye/Machine and Counter-Music. The experimental, posthuman processes involved in shooting these unique films is of primary interest, leading to detailed discussions of the filmmaker's intentions and abstract theorization of their specific execution. For this reason, Tomas's esoteric, though intriguing, revisioning of film's history and future is likely of most use to experts. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty. -- T. J. Welsh, Loyola University New Orleans, USA * CHOICE *
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