Virtual Window From Alberti to Microsoft

ISBN-10: 0262512505

ISBN-13: 9780262512503

Edition: 2009

Authors: Anne Friedberg

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Honorable Mention, 2008 Katherine Singer Kovacs Book Award presented by the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. and 2007 Winner of the Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award at University of Southern California. As we spend more and more of our time staring at the screens of movies, televisions, computers, and handheld devices"windows" full of moving images, texts, and iconshow the world is framed has become as important as what is in the frame. In The Virtual Window, Anne Friedberg examines the window as metaphor, as architectural component, and as an opening to the dematerialized reality we see on the screen. In De pictura(1435), Leon Battista Alberti famously instructed painters to consider the frame of the painting as an open window. Taking Alberti's metaphor as her starting point, Friedberg tracks shifts in the perspectival paradigm as she gives us histories of the architectural window, developments in glass and transparency, and the emerging apparatuses of photography, cinema, television, and digital imaging. Single-point perspectiveAlberti's metaphorical windowhas long been challenged by modern painting, modern architecture, and moving-image technologies. And yet, notes Friedberg, for most of the twentieth century the dominant form of the moving image was a single image in a single frame. The fractured modernism exemplified by cubist painting, for example, remained largely confined to experimental, avant-garde work. On the computer screen, however, where multiple "windows" coexist and overlap, perspective may have met its end. In this wide-ranging book, Friedberg considers such topics as the framed view of the camera obscura, Le Corbusier's mandates for the architectural window, Eisenstein's opinions on the shape of the movie screen, and the multiple images and nested windows commonly displayed on screens today. The Virtual Windowproposes a new logic of visuality, framed and virtual: an architecture not only of space but of time.
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 2/13/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.596
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Window
Descartes's Window
The Frame
Heidegger's Frame
The Age of "Windows"
Bergson's Virtual
The Screen
Virilio's Screen
The Multiple
Conclusion: The Future of Windows
Postlogue 2005
Notes
Index
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