[NetBehaviour] New review on "Imagery in the 21st Century" in LEONARDO.
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New review on "Imagery in the 21st Century" in LEONARDO.
Imagery in the 21st Century
by Oliver Grau, Editor; with Thomas Veigl
The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2011
424 pp. illus. 132 b/w. Trade, $40
Reviewed by Amy Ione
Director, The Diatrope Institute
Berkeley, CA 94704 USA
As I began this review I began to think that the refrain “we are
surrounded by images today” has lost its impact (despite my being among
the guilty users of it). On the one hand, it seems that many of us
notice the imagery. Yet, on the other hand, as we increasingly engage
with our visual culture certain norms for our critical investigations
are also developing. I’m not sure where this leaves us. To be sure, the
nature and complexity of our image-abundant culture is extraordinary.
Images are no longer sparse and highly treasured. Rather, we have visual
social media, scientific imaging tools, and even static objects like
paintings populate the ever-changing screens of our mobile and desktop
devices. Even those among us who have resisted some of the broad
spectrum of electronic options (think Flickr, Facebook, YouTube,
thousands of television channels, digital games, and virtual worlds)
cannot escape this new world. Posters and window displays offer
smartcodes that invite us to connect with the Internet and learn more
about whatever the sign is promoting. Always on, complete with sound,
are television screens in airports, restaurants and the array of imaging
devices that bring us news, sports, entertainment, whatever. Given the
state of the “image” today, critical examination of channels of media
and communication are needed. Imagery in the 21st Century, edited by
Oliver Grau with Thomas Veigl, presents a number of perspectives on this
theme, highlighting the inroads of media into art and science. It is a
valuable contribution to the topic.
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