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Technovisuality: Cultural Re-Enchantment and the Experience of Technology

Technovisuality: Cultural Re-Enchantment and the Experience of Technology

Edited by: Helen Grace, Amy Chan Kit-Sze, Wong Kin Yuen

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How should we regard the contemporary proliferation of images? Today, visual information is available as projected, printed and on-screen imagery, in the forms of video games, scientific data, virtual environments and architectural renderings. Fearful and anti-visualist responses to this phenomenon abound. Spread by digital technologies, images are thought to threaten the word and privilege surface value over content. Yet as they multiply, images face unprecedented competition for attention. This book explores the opportunities that can arise from the ubiquity of visual stimuli. It reveals that 'technovisuality' - the fusion of digital technology with the visual - can work 'wonders'; not so much dazzling audiences with special effects as reviving our enchantment with popular culture. Introducing a new term for an entirely new field of academic study, this book reveals the centrality of 'technovisuality' in 21st century life.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Experiencing Wonder: Technovisuality and Cultural Re-enchantment - Helen Grace


Section 1: Wondering
1. 
The ‘Thousand-Mile Eye’ and the Image-less Elephant: Imag(in)ing the Universe in Eco-poetics and Philosophy - Wong Kin Yuen

2. The World, Time - D. N. Rodowick

3. Technologies of Enchantment: Figures of Wonder in Cyberfiction - Veronica Hollinger

4. The Birth of Wonder in the Database Economy - Sean Cubitt


Section 2: Perceiving
5.
The Performative Archive: New Conceptions of the Archive in Contemporary Theory, Art and New Media Practices - Eivind Røssaak 

6. Visualizing the Universe: Mandala and Buddhist Cosmology as Technovisual Embodiment - Amy Chan Kit-Sze

7. Meditation-Image as Transfiguration of Experience: Bill Viola’s Video Art - Nevena Ivanova

Section 3: Experiencing
8. Tracking the Screen in Public Spaces: Everyday Dis/Enchantment - Chris Berry and Janet Harbord

9. Screens and Imagination: Technovisuality and Consumption in Hong Kong Urbanscapes - Felix Loi Ho Man

10. Multiple Modernities and the Imaging of Uselessnessmin Contemporary Chinese Cinema - Michelle Huang Tsung-yi and Chi-she Li

 

Author Info

Helen Grace is Associate Professor in the Department of Gender & Cultural Studies and Research Affiliate in the Sydney College of the Arts, at the University of Sydney. Previously, she established the MA Programme in Visual Culture Studies at Chinese University of Hong Kong as a visiting scholar.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.
Series: International Library of Visual Culture

Hardback
ISBN: 9781784530341
Publication Date: 30 Nov 2015
Number of Pages: 304
Height: 216
Width: 138
Illustrations: 28 bw integrated

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