It is with great pleasure that I announce the publication of Virilio Now: Current Perspectives in Virilio Studies -- the book is now out! It includes my chapter, "Virilio and Visual Culture: On the American Apocalyptic Sublime ," co-written with the book's editor, John Armitage, and it sports my 1999 painting 'Eject' on its cover.
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VIRILIO NOW: Current Perspectives in Virilio Studies
Hardcover + Paperback
Publisher: Polity Press (2011)
Table of Contents
1 Paul Virilio: A Critical Overview
2 The Third War: Cities, Conflict, and Contemporary Art: Interview with Paul Virilio
3 Burning Bruder Klaus: Towards an Architecture of Slipstream
4 Vector Politics and the Aesthetics of Disappearance
5 Virilio′s Media as Philosophy
6 Empathetic Vision: Aesthetics of Power and Loss
Elin O′Hara Slavick
7 Panicsville: Paul Virilio and the Esthetic of Disaster
8 Three Theses on Virilio Now
9 The Accident of Finance
10 Virilio and Visual Culture: On the American Apocalyptic Sublime
Joy Garnett and John Armitage
11 Impact Studies
From the Back Cover
Since the publication in 1975 of Paul Virilio′s Bunker Archeology, the range of Virilio′s critical works and their impact is now clear within a variety of subjects. Making astonishing interventions into art and architecture, geography, cultural studies, media, literature, aesthetics, and sociology, the momentous implications of which have yet to be entirely understood, Virilio is the cultural theorist for our troubled twenty–first century.
Responding to this growing interdisciplinary interest, Virilio Now: Current Perspectives in Virilio Studies comprises Sean Cubitt′s critical overview of Virilio′s aesthetics of disappearance, an important newly translated text by Virilio interrogating the impact of contemporary art, and eight other major original essays by noted scholars on the wide scope of Virilio′s writings, inclusive of Adam Sharr on Virilio and the architect Peter Zumthor′s Bruder Klaus chapel, and Nigel Thrift′s crucial assessment of Virilio′s City of Panic. Substantial coverage of Virilio′s essential texts such as The Information Bomb is presented alongside his hypermodern conjectures on television and speed, globalization, media, and representation. Navigating Virilio′s ′accident of art′, the ′aesthetics of disappearance′, and widespread cultural devastation, additional essays bring together considerations of financial adversity, war, calamity, and the apocalypse. Dazzling yet perceptive, these texts on the ′post–nuclear imagination′, terror, and dread are simultaneously creative and theoretical extrapolations from Virilio′s ′scenic imagination′ and companion essays to his most contemporary, highly original, and powerful books such as The Original Accident and The University of Disaster. Clearly introduced by the editor, Virilio Now is the preeminent single–volume on Virilio′s work and world available today.
"Brings together lively and provocative contemporary perspectives on Virilio's work. The editor's introduction and interview with Virilio provide an illuminating overview of this provocative and original thinker, while the articles are engaging and original, providing up-to-date takes on diverse and important themes engaged in Virilio's multifaceted works."
Douglas Kellner, University of California, Los Angeles
"Virilio is a complex and important thinker, difficult to categorize, and ranging creatively across the worlds of art, architecture, technology, and much more. John Armitage has succeeded in bringing together a group of contributors who do real justice to Virilio's work, with both critical enthusiasm and engaged and thoughtful critique."
Kevin Robins, Goldsmiths, University of London
Why Virilio Now?
- The preeminent single-volume book on Virilio's work and world.
- Contains contributions by the world's leading Virilio scholars, as well as a newly translated text by Virilio.
- John Armitage provides a clear introduction bringing together the interdisciplinary strands and explaining Virilio's key concepts and import.