Art as Far as the Eye Can See
by Paul Virilio (9781845206116)

Art as Far as the Eye Can See
 
Paul Virilio
Release Date: October 2007
Format: Hardback
Pages: 127
Category: Theory Of Art
Publisher: Berg Publishers
ISBN: 9781845206116
ISBN-10: 1845206118



Art as Far as the Eye Can See puts art back where it matters - at the centre of politics. Art used to be an engagement between artist and materials. As art practice and media have changed, these materials have become light itself. Virilio argArt as Far as the Eye Can See puts art back where it matters - at the centre of politics.
Art used to be an engagement between artist and materials. As art practice and media have changed, these materials have become light itself.
Virilio argues that this change reflects how speed and politics - the defining characteristics of the 20th Century - have been transformed in the 21st Century to speed and mass culture. Politics has been replaced with mass culture, and the defining characteristic of mass culture today is cold panic.
The same panic which has used terrorism to derail democracy has hijacked the whole art enterprise. This panic is reliant on audio-visual technology to create a new all-seeing, panoptic politics. And the first casualty of this politics is the art of seeing.
Where art used to talk of the aesthetics of disappearance, it must now confront the disappearance of the aesthetic. In the 21st Century, the new battleground is art as light versus art as matter.

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