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By Paul Virilio

ISBN-10: 0262720345

ISBN-13: 9780262720342

ISBN-10: 142372531X

ISBN-13: 9781423725312

Creation through Bernard Tschumi In A panorama of occasions, the prestigious French architect, city planner, and thinker Paul Virilio specializes in the cultural chaos of the Eighties and Nineties. It was once a time, he writes, that mirrored the "cruelty of an epoch, the hills and dales of everyday life, the standard clumps of conduct and commonplaces."Urban disorientation, the machines of warfare, and the acceleration of occasions in modern lifestyles are Virilio's ongoing issues. He explores them in occasions starting from media insurance of the Gulf struggle to city rioting and lawlessness. a few will see Virilio as a pessimist discouraged through "the acceleration of the truth of time," whereas others will locate his recording of "atypical occasions" to be clairvoyant.

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If I remember rightly, its title was Forty Years of History. I got there early in the morning with a dozen pals and we promptly took over a whole row of seats, loaded up as we were with sandwiches, thermoses of coffee, and bottles of beer. This was the end of the sixties; it was not yet the “end of history,” but it was already the end of a world that had taken us on quite a trip, here and there; in any case, far from reality. ” For a whole day, with short intermissions, we saw the first “prewar,” the First World War, the interwar years, the Second World War, and finally our own postwar parading past.

Echoed by the media, such a fantastic event was to captivate the general public—and artists too—for nearly two hundred years. Born in the same year as Darwin (1809) and a contemporary of Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe was interested in quite a number of automatons, such as Charles Babbage’s 34 35 calculating machine, an ancestor of the computer, before becoming passionately interested in Johann Maelzel’s mysterious chess player. Having observed that this player did not win every game, Poe concluded that it had to be a man inside a machine.

This degree zero of the visible becomes an enigma, not only in terms of the space of the image but especially of the time involved in its immediate perception, the real time of contemplation, 38 39 during which the “actual” image glimpsed through the slit is closely integrated with the “virtual” image of the delayed interpretation that completes and supplies what is missing in the form perceived by eye movement, by the “tracking” that is indispensable to contemplation. Listen to a specialist in anorthoscopic optics: “To perceive a figure anorthoscopically, it is not enough to know one is looking through a slit; the slit must be seen.

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