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What do pictures want? : the lives and loves of images

Author: W J T Mitchell
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Why do we have such powerful responses toward the images and pictures we see in everyday life? Why do we behave as if pictures were alive, possessing the power to influence us, to demand things from us, to persuade us, seduce us, or even lead us astray?" "According to W.J.T. Mitchell, we need to reckon with images not just as inert objects that convey meaning but as animated beings with desires, needs, appetites,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: W J T Mitchell
ISBN: 0226532453 9780226532455 0226532488 9780226532486
OCLC Number: 54988888
Description: xxi, 380 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Images. Vital signs : cloning terror --
What do pictures want? --
Drawing desire --
The surplus value of images --
Objects. Founding objects --
Offending images --
Empire and objecthood --
Romanticism and the life of things --
Totemism, fetishism, idolatry --
Media. Addressing media --
Abstraction and intimacy --
What sculpture wants : placing Antony Gormley --
The ends of American photography : Robert Frank as national medium --
Living color : race, stereotype, and animation in Spike Lee's Bamboozled --
The work of art in the age of biocybernetic reproduction --
Showing seeing : a critique of visual culture.
Responsibility: W.J.T. Mitchell.
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"Why do we have such powerful responses toward the images and pictures we see in everyday life? Why do we behave as if pictures were alive, possessing the power to influence us, to demand things from us, to persuade us, seduce us, or even lead us astray?" "According to W.J.T. Mitchell, we need to reckon with images not just as inert objects that convey meaning but as animated beings with desires, needs, appetites, demands, and drives of their won. What Do Pictures Want? explores this idea and highlights Mitchell's innovative and profoundly influential thinking on picture theory and the lives and loves of images. Ranging across the visual arts, literature, and mass media, Mitchell applies analyses to Byzantine icons and cyberpunk films, racial stereotypes and public monuments, ancient idols and modern clones, offensive images and found objects, American photography and aboriginal painting."--Jacket.

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Mitchell s book is a treasury of episodes generally overlooked by art history and visual studies that turn on images that walk by themselves and exert their own power over the living, from the Read more...

 
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