The Art Of Mechanical Reproduction: Technology And Aesthetics From Duchamp To The Digital by Tamara TroddThe Art Of Mechanical Reproduction: Technology And Aesthetics From Duchamp To The Digital by Tamara Trodd

The Art Of Mechanical Reproduction: Technology And Aesthetics From Duchamp To The Digital

byTamara Trodd

Hardcover | September 25, 2015

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The Art of Mechanical Reproduction presents a striking new approach to how traditional art mediums—painting, sculpture, and drawing—changed in the twentieth century in response to photography, film, and other technologies. Countering the modernist view that the medium provides advanced art with “resistance” against technological pressures, Tamara Trodd argues that we should view art and its practices as imaginatively responding to the potential that artists glimpsed in mechanical reproduction, putting art into dialogue with the commercial cultures of its time.

The Art of Mechanical Reproduction weaves a rich history of the experimental networks in which artists as diverse as Paul Klee, Hans Bellmer, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Smithson, Gerhard Richter, Chris Marker, and Tacita Dean have worked, and it shows for the first time how extensively technological innovations of the moment have affected their work. Original and broad-ranging, The Art of Mechanical Reproduction challenges some of the most respected and entrenched criticism of the past several decades—and allows us to think about these artists anew.
Tamara Trodd is a lecturer in twentieth-century and contemporary art at the University of Edinburgh and the editor of Screen/Space: The Projected Image in Contemporary Art.
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Title:The Art Of Mechanical Reproduction: Technology And Aesthetics From Duchamp To The DigitalFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 10 × 8.5 × 1.1 inPublished:September 25, 2015Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022613119X

ISBN - 13:9780226131191

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction. The Art of Mechanical Reproduction

1 Mnemotechnics
Oil-transfer * Investing in drawing * Apparatus * Camera-seeing

2 Seeing Machines
The panorama device * Collage * Large Glass/shop window * Ball-Joint, Rotoreliefs, Guitar

3 Camera Vision
Painting shadows * Automatic drawing * Screening the body * Screen memories

4 Xeroxing the Medium
Working Drawings * Mapping “systems” * Photo-plus-text * The dialectical image

5 Painting at a Standstill
Don’t look now * The stilled and moving image * Pathos formulae

6 Farewell to the Machine Age?
The film machine * Mechanical ballets * Dean’s long lens * Film machines after film

Notes
Index

Editorial Reviews

“Trodd’s book is original, rigorous, and written in a lively prose style. It engages with theories of art following Walter Benjamin concerned with our interaction as subjects with the technical image. The ‘post-cinematic’ art she analyzes is born of an encounter with the machine. Instead of bemoaning that encounter, Trodd conveys something of the early avant-garde’s excitement in the new technology while also maintaining a critical edge. Her excitement is contagious.”