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Virilio Now: Current Perspectives in Virilio Studies

ISBN: 978-0-7456-4877-4
232 pages
September 2011, Polity
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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 oeuvre, 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.

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Notes on Contributors
1 Paul Virilio: A Critical Overview
John Armitage
2 The Third War: Cities, Conflict, and Contemporary Art: Interview with Paul Virilio
John Armitage
3 Burning Bruder Klaus: Towards an Architecture of Slipstream Adam Sharr
4 Vector Politics and the Aesthetics of Disappearance
Sean Cubitt
5 Virilio's Media as Philosophy
Scott McQuire
6 Empathetic Vision: Aesthetics of Power and Loss
Elin O'Hara Slavick
7 Panicsville: Paul Virilio and the Esthetic of Disaster
Nigel Thrift
8 Three Theses on Virilio Now
Arthur Kroker
9 The Accident of Finance
Paul Crosthwaite
10 Virilio and Visual Culture: On the American Apocalyptic Sublime
Joy Garnett and John Armitage
11 Impact Studies
Paul Virilio

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John Armitage is Professor of Media at Northumbria University.
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  • Cutting-edge introduction to and extension of the work of Paul Virilio and its current directions.
  • 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.
  • Will become the preeminent single-volume volume on Virilio’s work and world available today.
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"John Armitage's Virilio Now 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, UCLA

"John Armitage's Virilio Now, a masterfully edited collection of essays based on one of the most provocative critics of our time, engages, complements and even contests Paul Virilio's multifaceted work on technology, art, architecture, urban and visual studies in compelling and far-reaching ways. This book will be a valuable and an enduring point of reference."
Verena Andermatt Conley, Harvard University

"Paul 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, Goldsmith's College, London
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