9781780766317

Visions of the Human Art, World War I and the Modernist Subject

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    9781780766317

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    1780766319

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2015-02-20
  • Publisher: I. B. Tauris

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Summary

In what ways do the artistic avant-garde's representations of the human body reflect the catastrophe of World War I? The European modernists were inspired by developments in the nineteenth-century, yielding new forms of knowledge about the nature of reality and repositioning the human body as the new 'object' of knowledge. New 'visions' of the human subject were created within this transformation. However, modernity's reactionary political climate – for which World War I provided a catalyst – transformed a once liberal ideal between humanity, environment, and technology, into a tool of disciplinary rationalisation. Visions of the Human considers the consequences of this historical moment for the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It explores the ways in which the 'technologies of the self' that inspired the avant-garde were increasingly instrumentalised by conservative politics, urbanism, consumer capitalism and the society of 'the spectacle'. This is an engaging and powerful study which challenges prior ideas and explores new ways of thinking about modern visual culture.

Author Biography

Tom Slevin is Critical Theory Programme Leader and Lecturer in Cultural and Contextual Studies at the University of Creative Arts, Kent, UK. He is also Lecturer in Photography at Southampton Solent University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
1. Introduction
PART I: NEW VISIONS OF THE HUMAN
2. Introduction
3. Vision and Knowledge
4. Cultural Encoding
5. The 'Crisis of the Subject'
6. Cubist Perceptions
7. The Bionomic of Body and Environment
8. Cubism, Phenomena and Intersubjectivity
PART II: THE SIMULTANEOUS SUBJECT
9. Introduction
10. Colour, Form, and Memory
11. Simultaneous Materiality
12. La Prose du Transsibérien
13. Vision and the Fourth Dimension
14. La Robe Simultanée
PART III: RATIONALISED EXISTENCE
15. Introduction: Cubism After the War
16. The Cubist Rhizome
17. The European Avant-Garde
18. Oskar Schlemmer and Rationalised Cubism
19. Schlemmer's Bodies
20. Man in Space
21. The Figure of Reactionary Modernism
22. The Monumental Body
PART IV: MODERNITY'S VITRUVIAN BODIES
23. Introduction: Vitruvian Men
24. Rudolph Laban's Icosahedron
25. The Kinesphere
26. Cybernetic Bodies
27. Le Corbusier, the Body, and the 'Mass Ornament'
28. The Geometry of Utopia
29. Le Modulor
30. Conclusion: From n-Dimensional Imagination to One Dimensional Man
Endnotes
Bibliography

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