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ON SLOWNESS: TOWARD AN AESTHETIC OF THE CONTEMPORARY. Lutz Koepnick. Columbia University Press, New York, 2014. Columbia Themes in Philosophy, Social Criticism and the Arts. 330 pp. with 43 ills. 24 x 16 cm. LC 2014-3914 ISBN 9780231168328 In English.
Publisher's description: Lutz Koepnick proposes understanding slowness as a strategy of the contemporary--a decidedly modern practice that gazes firmly at and into the present's velocity. As he engages with late-twentieth and early-twenty-first-century art, photography, video, film, and literature, Koepnick explores slowness as a critical medium to intensify our temporal and spatial experiences. Slowness offers a timely (and untimely) mode of aesthetic perception and representation that emphasizes the openness of the future and undermines any conception of the present as a mere replay of the past. Discussing the photography and art of Janet Cardiff, Olafur Eliasson, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Michael Wesely; the films of Peter Weir and Tom Tykwer; the video installations of Douglas Gordon, Willie Doherty, and Bill Viola; and the fiction of Don DeLillo, Koepnick shows how slowness can carve out spaces within processes of acceleration that allow us to reflect on alternate temporalities and durations.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-2000 — Several Media, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 163345
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