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Description This major new book provides a concise history of optical media from Renaissance linear perspective to late twentieth-century computer graphics. Kittler begins by looking at European painting since the Renaissance in order to discern the principles according to which modern optical perception was organized.

He also discusses the development of various mechanical devices, such as the camera obscura and the laterna magica, which were closely connected to the printing press and which played a pivotal role in the media war between the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation.

After examining this history, Kittler then addresses the ways in which images were first stored and made to move, through the development of photography and film. He discusses the competitive relationship between photography and painting as well as between film and theater, as innovations like the Baroque proscenium or "picture-frame" stage evolved from elements that would later constitute cinema.

The central question, however, is the impact of film on the ancient monopoly of writing, as it not only provoked new forms of competition for novelists but also fundamentally altered the status of books.

In the final section, Kittler examines the development of electrical telecommunications and electronic image processing from television to computer simulations.

In short, this book provides a comprehensive introduction to the history of image production that is indispensable for anyone wishing to understand the prevailing audiovisual conditions of contemporary culture.

Back cover copy Friedrich Kittler's lecture series provides a concise history of optical media from Renaissance linear perspective to late twentieth-century computer graphics. He begins by looking at European painting since the Renaissance in order to discern the principles according to which modern optical perception was organised. Kittler also discusses the development of various mechanical devices, like the camera obscura and the laterna magica, which were closely connected to the printing press and which played a pivotal role in the media war between the Reformation and the Counterreformation.

After examining this history, Kittler then addresses the ways in which images were first stored and made to move through the development of photography and film.

Kittler discusses the competitive relationship between photography and painting as well as between film and theater, as innovations like the Baroque proscenium or "picture-frame" stage evolved from elements that would later constitute cinema. In short, these lectures provide a comprehensive introduction to the history of image production, which is indispensable for anyone wishing to understand the prevailing audiovisual conditions of contemporary culture.

Table of contents 0. Preliminary Remarks 1. Theoretical Presuppositions 2. Technologies of the Fine Arts 2. Optical Media 3. Computer show more. Review Text 'Friedrich Kittler's Optical Media is not only, as its jacket-copy and introduction claim, its author's "best book for the uninitiated"; it is also one of his wittiest.

It starts out with a clear presentation of Kittler'smedia-theoretical premises and then offers a fascinating tour through the history of storing, manipulating and projecting light. Witty, insightful, provocative, at times outrageous but always stimulating, Optical Media is not only an overlooked back entrance into the study of visual media from the Renaissance to the present, it is also an equally helpful back entrance into Kittler's own theory. Brilliant and remarkably original, he offers a kind of media analysis whose method is dialectically acute and philosophically deep.

No one interested in what it means to live in a media-saturated age can neglecthis vital and controversial work. Review quote 'Optical Media is the most engaging and accessible of Friedrich Kittler's books. About Friedrich A. Kittler Friedrich Kittler show more. Rating details. Book ratings by Goodreads. Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

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I should have done this a long time ago, but better late than never. For Kittler, this is to be taken to its hard core: sciences stand at the centre of arts and humanities in the age of technical media, and a failure to take this into account would be like a bratwurst without sauerkraut. Nice, but not really the real thing. Kittler is after all a sort of a Foucault of the technical age as also John Durham Peters in the foreword notes, instead of the usual label of Kittler as the Derrida of the digital age. Man is a temporary solution, a crossroad in the complex practices and epistemologies of knowledge that might has? Ask your plugged-in Ethernet cable, it knows the amount of data that goes through it without you pushing even a single key as Wendy Chun reminds us in her Control and Freedom. Television was and is not a desire of so-called humans, but rather it is largely a civilian byproduct of military electronics.

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This is one of the crucial points that a German perspective to media studies has promoted; media are not only the mass media of television, newpapers, and such, but a technical constellation that at its core is based on scientific principles of coding, channeling, and decoding of signals. Optical media is based on a lecture series he gave Humboldt university, Berlin in This book is an investigation into man-made images. For Kittler, media are about science and engineering, and some of the confusions relate how people are tyring to read and apply him out of those contexts. But about the long genealogies of science, engineering, and the qualities of matter that allow the event of media to take place. Kittler is the physicist of media theory. It can also be described as a history of technologies used to trasnmit, process, and store images-essentially looking at light.

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Optical Media. Friedrich Kittler. He begins by looking at European painting since the Renaissance in order to discern the principles according to which modern optical perception was organised. Kittler also discusses the development of various mechanical devices, like the camera obscura and the laterna magica, which were closely connected to the printing press and which played a pivotal role in the media war between the Reformation and the Counterreformation. After examining this history, Kittler then addresses the ways in which images were first stored and made to move through the development of photography and film. The central question, however, is the impact of film on the ancient monopoly of writing, as it not only provoked new forms of competition for novelists but also fundamentally altered the status of books.

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