On Slowness: Toward An Aesthetic Of The Contemporary

Hardcover | October 7, 2014

byLutz Koepnick

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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.

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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.A...

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.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:October 7, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: On Slowness1. Slow Modernism2. Open Shutter Photography and the Art of Slow Seeing3. Glacial Visions, Geological Time4. Dream|Time Cinema5. Free Fall6. Video and the Slow Art of Interlacing Time7. The Art of Taking a Stroll8. Those Who ReadEpilogue: Slowness and the Future of the HumanitiesNotesIndex

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