This book is a critical interdisciplinary approach to the study of contemporary visual culture and image studies, exploring ideas about space and place and ultimately contributing to the debates about being human in the digital age.
The upward and downward pull seem in a constant contest for humanity’s attention. Both forces are powerful in the effects and affects they invoke. When tracing this iconological history, Amanda du Preez’s starts in the early nineteenth century, moving into the twentieth century and then spanning the whole century up to contemporary twentieth-first century screen culture and space travels. Du Preez parses the intersecting pathways between Heaven and Earth, up and down, flying and falling through the concept of being “spaced out.” The idea of being “spaced out” is applied as a metaphor to trace the visual history of sublime encounters that displace Earth, gravity, locality, belonging, home, real life and embodiment.
The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, visual culture, media and cultural studies, phenomenology, digital culture, mobility studies, and urban studies.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction Part One: Walking on Thin Air 2. Balancing Act 3. Into the Void 4. Running-As-If Part Two: Walking on the Moon 5. Up in the Air 6. In Vain 7. Approaching the Unknown
Amanda du Preez is Professor in Visual Culture Studies in the School of Arts, University of Pretoria, South Africa.