On Slowness: Toward an Aesthetic of the Contemporary (Columbia Themes in Philosophy) (Hardcover)

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Speed is an obvious facet of contemporary society, whereas slowness has often been dismissed as conservative and antimodern. Challenging a long tradition of thought, Lutz Koepnick instead proposes we understand 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 helps us register the multiple layers of time, history, and motion that constitute our present. It 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.

About the Author

Lutz Koepnick is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of German and cinema and media arts at Vanderbilt University. He has written widely on film, art, aesthetic theory, and new media aesthetics. His other publications include Framing Attention: Windows on Modern German Culture and Walter Benjamin and the Aesthetics of Power.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780231168328
ISBN-10: 0231168322
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Date: October 7th, 2014
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: Columbia Themes in Philosophy