Optical Media

ISBN-10: 0745640915
ISBN-13: 9780745640914
Edition: 2010
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Description: Friedrich Kittler's lecture series provides a concise history of optical media from Renaissance linear perspective to late twentieth-century computer graphics. He begins by looking at European painting since the Renaissance in order to discern the  More...

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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 11/20/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 332
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Friedrich Kittler's lecture series provides a concise history of optical media from Renaissance linear perspective to late twentieth-century computer graphics. He begins by looking at European painting since the Renaissance in order to discern the principles according to which modern optical perception was organised. Kittler also discusses the development of various mechanical devices, like the camera obscura and the laterna magica, which were closely connected to the printing press and which played a pivotal role in the media war between the Reformation and the Counterreformation. After examining this history, Kittler then addresses the ways in which images were first stored and made to move through the development of photography and film. Kittler discusses the competitive relationship between photography and painting as well as between film and theater, as innovations like the Baroque proscenium or "picture-frame" stage evolved from elements that would later constitute cinema. The central question, however, is the impact of film on the ancient monopoly of writing, as it not only provoked new forms of competition for novelists but also fundamentally altered the status of books. In the final section, Kittler examines the development of electrical telecommunications and electronic image processing from television to computer simulations. In short, these lectures provide a comprehensive introduction to the history of image production, which is indispensable for anyone wishing to understand the prevailing audiovisual conditions of contemporary culture.

Preliminary Remarks
Theoretical Presuppositions
Technologies of the Fine Arts
Camera Obscura and Linear Perspective
Prehistory
Greeks and Arabs
Implementation
Brunelleschi
Alberti
Impact
Perspective and Letterpress
The Self-Printing of Nature
Europe's Colonial Power
Laterna Magica and the Age of the World Picture
Magic Lanterns in Action
Implementation
Impact
Propaganda
Heidegger's Age of the World Picture
Jesuits and Optical Media
Travelling People
Jesuit Churches
Jesuit Theatre
Enlightenment and Image War
Brockes
Phenomenology from Lambert to Hegel
Ghost Seer
Schiller
Hoffmann
Romantic Poetry
Optical Media
Photography
Prehistory
Implementation
Ni�pce and Daguerre
Talbot
Painting and Photography: A Battle for the Eyeballs
Film
Preludes
Implementation
Marey and Muybridge
Silent Film
Sound Film
Colour Film
Television
Computer

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