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SURFACE: MATTERS OF AESTHETICS, MATERIALITY AND MEDIA. Giuliana Bruno. University of Chicago Press, 2014. 292 pp. with 86 ills. (75 col.). 26 x 24 cm. LC 2013-43065 ISBN 9780226104942 In English.
Publisher's description: What is the place of materiality--the expression or condition of physical substance--in our visual age of rapidly changing materials and media? How is it fashioned in the arts or manifested in virtual forms? In Surface, cultural critic and theorist Giuliana Bruno deftly explores these questions, seeking to understand materiality in the contemporary world. Arguing that materiality is not a question of the materials themselves but rather the substance of material relations, Bruno investigates the space of those relations, examining how they appear on the surface of different media--on film and video screens, in gallery installations, or on the skins of buildings and people. The object of visual studies, she contends, goes well beyond the image and engages the surface as a place of contact between people and art objects. As Bruno threads through these surface encounters, she unveils the fabrics of the visual--the textural qualities of works of art, whether manifested on canvas, wall, or screen. Illuminating the modern surface condition, she notes how facades are becoming virtual screens and the art of projection is reinvented on gallery walls.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-2000 — Several Media, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 158452
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