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Cold War legacies: systems, theory, aesthetics

Cold War legacies: systems, theory, aesthetics

Beck, John, 1963- editor; Bishop, Ryan, 1959- editor

Drawing on theorists such as Jean Baudrillard, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Luce Irigaray, Friedrich Kittler, Michel Serres, Peter Sloterdijk, Carl Schmitt, Bernard Stiegler and Paul Virilio this collection makes connections between Cold War material and conceptual technologies, as they relate to the arts, society and culture. From futures research, pattern recognition algorithms, nuclear waste disposal and surveillance technologies, to smart weapons systems, contemporary fiction and art, this book shows that we are now living in a world imagined and engineered during the Cold War. Drawing on theorists such as Jean Baudrillard, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Luce Irigaray, Friedrich Kittler, Michel Serres, Peter Sloterdijk, Carl Schmitt, Bernard Stiegler and Paul Virilio this collection makes connections between Cold War material and conceptual technologies, as they relate to the arts, society and culture

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Published Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, [2016]
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Statement of responsibility: edited by John Beck and Ryan Bishop
ISBN: 1474409490, 9781474409490
Physical Description: xiv, 305 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour)
Series: Technicities
Subject: History; Theory of architecture; History.; Philosophy; Cold War Influence.; The Cold War; Philosophy: aesthetics; Social & political philosophy; Theory of art
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: Technicities.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781474409483

Contents

  1. Acknowledgements
  2. List of Illustrations
  3. Notes on contributors
  4. Introduction
  5. I. Pattern Recognition: 1. The Future: RAND, Brand and Dangerous to Know
  6. 2. Simulate, Optimise, Partition: Algorithmic Diagrams of Pattern Recognition from 1953 Onwards
  7. 3. Impulsive Synchronisation: A Conversation on Military Technologies and Audiovisual Arts
  8. II The Persistence of the Nuclear: 4. The Meaning of Monte Bello
  9. 5. Deep Geological Disposal and Radioactive Time: Beckett, Bowen, Nirex and Onkalo
  10. 6. Shifting the Nuclear Imaginary: Art and the Flight from Nuclear Modernity
  11. 7. Alchemical Transformations?: Fictions of the Nuclear State after 1989
  12. III. Ubiquitous Surveillance: 8. 'The Very Form of Perverse Artificial Societies': The Unstable Emergence of the Network Family From its Cold War Nuclear Bunker
  13. 9. The Signal Haunted Cold War: Persistence of the SIGINT Ontology
  14. 10. 'Bulk Surveillance' or, the Elegant Technicities of Metadata
  15. IV. Pervasive Mediations: 11. Notes from the Underground: Microwaves, Backbones, Party Lines and the Post Office Tower
  16. 12. Insect Technics: War Vision Machines
  17. 13. Overt Research
  18. 14. Smart Dust and Remote Sensing: The Political Subject in Autonomous Systems
  19. Index.