Image Science: Iconology, Visual Culture, And Media Aesthetics by W. J. T. MitchellImage Science: Iconology, Visual Culture, And Media Aesthetics by W. J. T. Mitchell

Image Science: Iconology, Visual Culture, And Media Aesthetics

byW. J. T. Mitchell

Hardcover | October 27, 2015

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Almost thirty years ago, W. J. T. Mitchell’s Iconology helped launch the interdisciplinary study of visual media, now a central feature of the humanities. Along with his subsequent Picture Theory and What Do Pictures Want?, Mitchell’s now-classic work introduced such ideas as the pictorial turn, the image/picture distinction, the metapicture, and the biopicture. These key concepts imply an approach to images as true objects of investigation—an “image science.”

Continuing with this influential line of thought, Image Science gathers Mitchell’s most recent essays on media aesthetics, visual culture, and artistic symbolism. The chapters delve into such topics as the physics and biology of images, digital photography and realism, architecture and new media, and the occupation of space in contemporary popular uprisings. The book looks both backward at the emergence of iconology as a field and forward toward what might be possible if image science can indeed approach pictures the same way that empirical sciences approach natural phenomena.

Essential for those involved with any aspect of visual media, Image Science is a brilliant call for a method of studying images that overcomes the “two-culture split” between the natural and human sciences.
W. J. T. Mitchell is the Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor of English and Art History at the University of Chicago and is editor of Critical Inquiry.
Title:Image Science: Iconology, Visual Culture, And Media AestheticsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:October 27, 2015Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022623133X

ISBN - 13:9780226231334

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface: Figures and Grounds

Part One: Figures

1 Art History on the Edge: Iconology, Media, and Visual Culture
2 Four Fundamental Concepts of Image Science
3 Image Science
4 Image X Text
5 Realism and the Digital Image
6 Migrating Images: Totemism, Fetishism, Idolatry
7 The Future of the Image: Rancière’s Road Not Taken
8 World Pictures: Globalization and Visual Culture

Part Two: Grounds

9 Media Aesthetics
10 There Are No Visual Media
11 Back to the Drawing Board: Architecture, Sculpture, and the Digital Image
12 Foundational Sites and Occupied Spaces
13 Border Wars: Translation and Convergence in Politics and Media
14 Art X Environment
15 The Historical Uncanny: Phantoms, Doubles, and Repetition in the War on Terror
16 The Spectacle Today: A Response to Retort

Coda: For a Sweet Science of Images

Editorial Reviews

“Ranging widely across the new visual realities of science, art, cinema, and digital media, these essays are conceptually precise, politically engaged, and deeply reflective. They demonstrate why Mitchell has become America’s leading philosopher of the image.”