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Visions of Modernity
Representation, Memory, Time and Space in the Age of the Camera



February 1998 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Visions of Modernity explores the relationship between technology, society, and identity that underpins contemporary "media culture." By tracing particular historical shifts as they have intersected with different camera technologiesùphotography, cinema, televisionùScott McQuire engages with broad social and political transformations. Focusing on the camera, McQuire offers a useful point of entry for understanding the processes of modernization and the dramatic changesùperceptual, experiential, epistemologicalùthat characterize modernity. This book will be of interest to students of sociology, media and cultural studies, art history, geography, and anthropology.

 
Introduction
The Origin of the Image: The Image of the Origin

 
 
PART ONE: THE RUINS OF REPRESENTATION
 
Photomimesis
 
The Geometric Universe
 
Writing with Light
 
The Mechanical Eye of Reason
 
Promiscuous Meanings
 
The Mobile Frame
 
Flickering in Eclipses
 
The Ends of Representation
 
PART TWO: PHOTOMNEMONICS
 
The Eye of the Camera Faces Backwards
 
The Law of Progress
 
The Crisis of Memory
 
Amnesic Cultures
 
Eternity's Hostage
The Camera and the Archive

 
 
Intolerable Memories
 
Biodegradable Histories
 
PART THREE: THE NEW PLASTICITY OF SPACE AND TIME
 
Pure Speed
From Transport to Teleport

 
 
Reconstructing `the World'
 
The Myth of the Centre
 
In the Neon Forest
 
Interzones
 
Unstable Architectures
 
Telepresence and the Government of Time

`McQuire has produced a comprehensive and lucidly written account of the camera-driven transformations across the period we may now retrospectively call "modernity"' - Victor Burgin, Unviersity of California, Santa Cruz

`Visions of Modernity offers an admirable overview of modern visual culture. But, more than this, it takes us through a wide range of debates in cultural theory. McQuire has produced an encompassing, and very impressive work of intellectual synthesis' - Kevin Robins, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

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