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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

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

Ryan Bishop

Victor Burgin

Sean Cubitt

Edinburgh University Press

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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