Imagery in the 21st Century

MIT Press

Edited by Oliver GRAU with Thomas VEIGL
MIT-Press, Cambridge/Mass, 2011.
English, 424 pages,
132 coloured and b/w illustrations
Hardcover, 29.99 EUR

ISBN-13: 978-0-262-01572-1, ISBN-10: 0-262-01572-2

#VOCABULARY: image science iscomposed from 360 degrees room of frescos (ancient greece) to panoramas, stereopticons, cineoramas,  planetariums, omnimax, IMAX, CAVE, peepshows, stereoscope, stereoscopic, sensoramas, HMD television, expanded cinema, 3D , futurama – cinema – sensorama,

#HISTORY traditional  first examples: – classicism, villa degli misteri, greece 60b.C. / – palazio papal avignon, 1300 italy / – sala perspectiva, baldasare peruzzi, roma 1500 / – jerusalem, gaudenzio ferrari.  very influenced by the baroque ceiling panorama. the panorama. origen military. from italians working in england. the interior designer as tiepolo using stucco or fresc o where the previous for the camera oscura. but it is a militar survey in tipographer, cartographer, geopolitical.

1600. camera oscura from kirchner, copernic, kepler, galileo, leonardo.

1800. there are also landscape rooms or spaces of  illusionistic landscapes by reynolds or barker, the panorama at leicester square. also participation of J.L.david, constable, ruskin on 1800, wordsworth

1900. the battle of napoleon, by anton von werner, the artist at La Rotonda.

XX-XXI. more contemporary gibson wrote neuromance 1984. also the wired magazine. but in a military industrial context the set up of californian dream. supported by intel corporation inverted on it. there were influences from the military aviation for sure.

# contemporary ARTISTS working in image science and 3d environment installations: jeffrey shaw 1990. motion graphics. somerer-mignonneau. knowbotich research.john cage and gene youngblood.  Dortmund Ruhr where Jeffrey Shaw installation. Maurice Benayoun. Michael Naimark, be now here, unesco paris. marc pesce.  Hans Moravec. Bruce Sterling

#labs / institutions/ companies : M.I.T. CAUS. carnegie mellon. Geneva Miralab. Kyoto. Berlin ART + COM 1988. apple. mackintosh. U.S. air force. silicon valley. N.A.S.A. ISEA. BANFF. Pompidou. Ars Electronica. Atari Research Lab. darmstad. CAIIA cyber and interactive arts. Ars Electronica The golden nica 1997.

# MORE SCIENCE FICTION alice in wonderland by lewis carroll. frankestein . tarkovski . huxley.

# and SCIENTIFIC MODELS x image science development : the atom bomb engineer. the satellites lands. computer network. ARPA. DARPA.  modelling language . using scanners / net / cyberspace / nasa satellites maps / saturn mission 1979 / alphaworld / edison , the telephonoscope /the electricity /adobe illustrator.

# THEORICS : biggest minds. references and theoretical research. people, theorics and researchers investigating in the field are: McLUHAN – LEWIS MUMFORD – NORBERT WIENER – PIERRE LEY – VIRILIO – VILEM FLUSSER – BAUDRILLARD – BENJAMIN – ASCOTT – VIRILIO catastrophe and speed – ASCOTT conscious re-framed – CASSIRER aethetic image space – ABY WARBURG  mnemosyne – Paul VALERY the conquest of ubiquity  –  foucault > bentham > panocticum / norbert wiener > alan turing > cyberspace /  Heidegger, Baudrillard, Neil Postman, Dietmar Kauper, and more specific about the german panorama Roland Barthes, Panofsky, Benjamin, Guy debord, erkki Huhtamo, james lovelock 1979. Norbert Bolz . Donna Haraway. nicolas negroponte. roland viett 1996 www.activeworlds.com . marinetti.

# VOCABULARY FOR IMAGE SCIENCE : image media  / media art/gestalt / immersive image spaces / extended virtual environments / wunderkammer /cave  /the 3d panorama / camera / RML virtual reality / the image machine. the vision machinery. kind of memory /aspen movie map / memory theater > ars memorativa >  the globe > sound memory > HOME OF THE BRAIN /  landscape + cinema verite / mapping – video.mapping – movie.map / 3d generated images / artificial life / artificial conscious / noosphere / deterritorialization / meta-language / communication / cyberspace / global net community /artificial life / artificial conscious / illusion / non-material / intangible / teleperception / virtual reality / teleaction

#OTHER THEORIES, INFLUENCES computer graphics/ telematic shaman / polysensorial electricity water / gaia theory/ T_vision

Artists and Researchers from the natural sciences and the humanities examine the latest revolution around the Image and its impact for our time.

With contributions by  Marie-Luise ANGERER,  Olaf BREIDBACH,  Adrian David CHEOK,  Wendy CHUN,  Sean CUBITT, James ELKINS,  Oliver GRAU,  Stefan HEIDENREICH,  Eduardo KAC,  Martin KEMP,  Harald KRAEMER,  Lev MANOVICH & Jeremy DOUGLASS,  Tim Otto ROTH & Andreas DEUTSCH,  Martin SCHULZ,  Christa SOMMERER & Laurent MIGNONNEAU,  David & Dolores STEINMAN,  Thomas VEIGL,  Martin WARNKE and  Peter WEIBEL.

We are surrounded by images as never before: on Flickr, Facebook, and YouTube; on thousands of television channels; in digital games and virtual worlds; in media art and science. Without new efforts to visualize complex ideas, structures, and systems, today’s information explosion would be unmanageable. The digital image represents endless options for manipulation; images seem capable of changing interactively or even autonomously. This volume offers systematic and interdisciplinary reflections on these new image worlds and new analytical approaches to the visual.

Imagery in the 21st Century examines this revolution in various fields, with researchers from the natural sciences and the humanities meeting to achieve a deeper understanding of the meaning and impact of the image in our time.

The contributors explore and discuss new critical terms of multidisciplinary scope, from database economy to the dramaturgy of hypermedia, from visualizations in neurosciences to the image in bio art. They consider the power of the image in the development of human consciousness, pursue new definitions of visual phenomena, and examine new tools for image research and visual analysis. The goal is to expand visual competence in investigating new visual worlds and to build cross-disciplinary exchanges among the arts, humanities, and natural sciences.

Oliver Grau is Chair Professor for Image Science and Head of the Department at Danube-University. He is the author of Virtual Art: From Illusion to Immersion (2003) and editor of MediaArtHistories (2007), both published by the MIT Press and of Mediale Emotionen (Fischer 2005). www.donau-uni.ac.at/dbw

Thomas Veigl is on the scientific staff of the Department for Image Science at the Danube-University Krems.

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