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Techniques of the Observer: On Vision and Modernity in the 19th Century

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In Techniques of the Observer Jonathan Crary provides a dramatically new perspective on the visual culture of the nineteenth century, reassessing problems of both visual modernism and social modernity.Inverting conventional approaches, Crary considers the problem of visuality not through the study of art works and images, but by analyzing the historical construction of the observer. He insists that the problems of vision are inseparable from the operation of social power and examines how, beginning in the 1820s, the observer became the site of new discourses and practices that situated vision within the body as a physiological event. Alongside the sudden appearance of physiological optics, Crary points out, theories and models of "subjective vision" were developed that gave the observer a new autonomy and productivity while simultaneously allowing new forms of control and standardization of vision.Crary examines a range of diverse work in philosophy, in the empirical sciences, and in the elements of an emerging mass visual culture. He discusses at length the significance of optical apparatuses such as the stereoscope and of precinematic devices, detailing how they were the product of new physiological knowledge. He also shows how these forms of mass culture, usually labeled as "realist," were in fact based on abstract models of vision, and he suggests that mimetic or perspectival notions of vision and representation were initially abandoned in the first half of the nineteenth century within a variety of powerful institutions and discourses, well before the modernist painting of the 1870s and 1880s.Jonathan Crary is Assistant Professor of Art History at Barnard College and Columbia University. He is a founding editor of Zone and Zone Books.

Synopsis:

dramatically new perspective on the visual culture of the nineteenth century, reassessing problems of both visual modernism and social modernity

Synopsis:

Jonathan Crary is Assistant Professor of Art History at Columbia University. He is a founding editor of Zone and Zone Books.

Synopsis:

Jonathan Crary's Techniques of the Observer provides a dramatically new perspective on the visual culture of the nineteenth century, reassessing problems of both visual modernism and social modernity. This analysis of the historical formation of the observer is a compelling account of the prehistory of the society of the spectacle."

Jonathan Crary is Assistant Professor of Art History at Columbia University. He is a founding editor of Zone and Zone Books.

About the Author

Jonathan Crary is Meyer Schapiro Professor of Modern Art and Theory at Columbia University. A founding editor of Zone Books, he is the author of Techniques of the Observer (MIT Press, 1990) and coeditor of Incorporations (Zone Books, 1992). He has been the recipient of Guggenheim, Getty, Mellon, and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262531078
Author:
Crary, Jonathan
Publisher:
MIT Press (MA)
Author:
Lehner, Adam
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
General
Subject:
Education
Subject:
Techniques
Subject:
History, modern
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Observation (educational method)
Subject:
Criticism - General
Subject:
Techniques - General
Subject:
History - Modern (Late 19th Century to 1945)
Subject:
Fine Arts
Subject:
Criticism -- Theory.
Subject:
Art-Miscellaneous Techniques
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
October Books Techniques of the Observer
Publication Date:
19920231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32
Pages:
183
Dimensions:
9 x 7 in

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"Synopsis" by , dramatically new perspective on the visual culture of the nineteenth century, reassessing problems of both visual modernism and social modernity
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"Synopsis" by , Jonathan Crary's Techniques of the Observer provides a dramatically new perspective on the visual culture of the nineteenth century, reassessing problems of both visual modernism and social modernity. This analysis of the historical formation of the observer is a compelling account of the prehistory of the society of the spectacle."

Jonathan Crary is Assistant Professor of Art History at Columbia University. He is a founding editor of Zone and Zone Books.
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