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Seeing Degree ZeroBarthes/Burgin and Political Aesthetics$
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Ryan Bishop and Sunil Manghani

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474431415

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474431415.001.0001

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Camera as Object and Process

Camera as Object and Process

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(p.257) Camera as Object and Process
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Seeing Degree Zero
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Ryan Bishop

Victor Burgin

Sean Cubitt

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474431415.003.0009

The chapter provides a conversation between the three authors in which a number of Burgin's site-specific installations frame a consideration of the status and future of the camera from photography to moving image to computer-generated virtual works. In the process Burgin modifies Bazin's question 'What is cinema?' to ask 'What is a camera?'. The CGI projection works extend and develop Burgin's long-standing interest in the relationship of aesthetics and politics as rendered through visualisation technologies, especially as it pertains to space. Burgin's account constructs a genealogy of seeing, visualising and image-making as technologically determined and crafted. In brief, he explains that 'the history of the camera is inseparable from the history of perspective'.

Keywords:   Victor Burgin, projections, visualization technologies, perspective, space, politics

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