From Light To Dark: Daylight, Illumination, And Gloom by Tim EdensorFrom Light To Dark: Daylight, Illumination, And Gloom by Tim Edensor

From Light To Dark: Daylight, Illumination, And Gloom

byTim Edensor

Paperback | March 21, 2017

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Light pervades the world, and when it is not light, darkness emerges and is combated by electric illumination. Despite this globally shared human experience in which spaces appear radically different depending on time, season, and weather, social science investigation on the subject is meager. From Light to Dark fills this gap, focusing on our interaction with daylight, illumination, and darkness. 

Tim Edensor begins by examining the effects of daylight on our perception of landscape, drawing on artworks, particular landscapes, and architectural practice. He then considers the ways in which illumination is often contested and can be used to express power, looking at how capitalist, class, ethnic, military, and state power use lighting to reinforce their authority over space. Edensor also considers light artists such as Olafur Eliasson and festivals of illumination before turning a critical eye to the supposedly dangerous, sinister associations of darkness. In examining the modern city as a space of fantasy through electric illumination, he studies how we are seeking—and should seek—new forms of darkness in reaction to the perpetual glow of urban lighting.

Highly original and absorbingly written, From Light to Dark analyzes a vast array of artistic interventions, diverse spaces, and lighting technologies to explore these most basic human experiences.

Tim Edensor teaches cultural geography at Manchester Metropolitan University (UK). He is the author of Tourists at the Taj; National Identity, Popular Culture, and Everyday Life; and Industrial Ruins: Space, Aesthetics, and Materiality.
Title:From Light To Dark: Daylight, Illumination, And GloomFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.9 inPublished:March 21, 2017Publisher:University of Minnesota PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0816694435

ISBN - 13:9780816694433

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Geographies of Light and Dark

Part I. Light

1. Seeing with Landscape, Seeing with Light

2. Under the Dynamic Sky: Living and Creating with Light

Part II. Illumination

3. Electric Desire: Lighting the Vernacular and Illuminating Nostalgia

4. Caught in the Light: Power, Inequality, and Illumination

5. Festivals of Illumination: Painting and Playing with Light

6. Staging Atmosphere: Public Extravaganzas and Homely Designs

Part III. Dark

7. Nocturnes: Changing Meanings of Darkness

8. The Re-enchantment of Darkness: The Pleasures of Noir

Conclusion: The Novelty of Light and the Value of Darkness




Editorial Reviews

"Illumination is one of the aspects of life that has become so obvious we have stopped noticing it. In this innovative and illuminating book, Tim Edensor provides an elegant and necessary account of light and dark, their role in the production of everyday life, the stories we tell about them, and the emotions they engender.  He has performed a key task of any critical thinker—taking the obvious and making it visible again."—Tim Cresswell, Trinity College