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Levin, Thomas Y.

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Works: 37 works in 100 publications in 4 languages and 2,030 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  History  Conference papers and proceedings  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Pictorial works  Bibliography  Art  Academic theses 
Roles: Editor, Translator, Author of introduction, Author, Creator, zxx, Other
Classifications: N72.S6, 302.23
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Publications about Thomas Y Levin
Publications by Thomas Y Levin
Most widely held works by Thomas Y Levin
The work of art in the age of its technological reproducibility, and other writings on media by Walter Benjamin( Book )
9 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 601 libraries worldwide
A series of influential essays on the visual arts that were made possible by machines, and the implications for the future of culture
The mass ornament : Weimar essays by Siegfried Kracauer( Book )
11 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 566 libraries worldwide
Siegfried Kracauer was one of the twentieth century's most brilliant cultural critics, a daring and prolific scholar, and an incisive theorist of film. In this volume his finest writings on modern society make their long-awaited appearance in English. This book is a celebration of the masses--their tastes, amusements, and everyday lives. Taking up themes of modernity, such as isolation and alienation, urban culture, and the relation between the group and the individual, Kracauer explores a kaleidoscope of topics: shopping arcades, the cinema, bestsellers and their readers, photography, dance, hotel lobbies, Kafka, the Bible, and boredom. For Kracauer, the most revelatory facets of modern life in the West lie on the surface, in the ephemeral and the marginal. Of special fascination to him is the United States, where he eventually settled after fleeing Germany and whose culture he sees as defined almost exclusively by "the ostentatious display of surface." With these essays, written in the 1920s and early 1930s and edited by the author in 1963, Kracauer was the first to demonstrate that studying the everyday world of the masses can bring great rewards. The Mass Ornament today remains a refreshing tribute to popular culture, and its impressively interdisciplinary essays continue to shed light not only on Kracauer's later work but also on the ideas of the Frankfurt School, the genealogy of film theory and cultural studies, Weimar cultural politics, and, not least, the exigencies of intellectual exile. In his introduction, Thomas Levin situates Kracauer in a turbulent age, illuminates the forces that influenced him--including his friendships with Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, and other Weimar intellectuals--and provides the context necessary for understanding his ideas. Until now, Kracauer has been known primarily for his writings on the cinema. This volume brings us the full scope of his gifts as one of the most wide-ranging and penetrating interpreters of modern life. --Publisher description
Ctrl [space] : rhetorics of surveillance from Bentham to Big Brother by Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (Karlsruhe)( Book )
18 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 479 libraries worldwide
Siegfried Kracauer : eine Bibliographie seiner Schriften by Thomas Y Levin( Book )
6 editions published in 1989 in German and held by 147 libraries worldwide
Mediated vision ( Book )
3 editions published in 2007 in Dutch and English and held by 8 libraries worldwide
When Nature Begins To Write Herself---German Romantics Read The Electrophore by Antje Pfannkuchen( file )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 7 libraries worldwide
The answer I suggest is that photography needs to be taken seriously as a product of Romanticism. And Romanticism, as I show in its Jena incarnation that makes this most obvious, was an experimental laboratory in which the sciences interacted with poetry and literature to produce the notion of a self-writing, self-expressive nature that then could inscribe itself back into the sciences. At the historical beginning of this investigation was the German scholar G. Chr. Lichtenberg who found in the 1770s dust-figures on his "Electrophore," a state-of-the-art instrument for electrical experiments. These "Lichtenberg figures," as they soon became known, were the first visual representations of electricity, as well as the first scientific illustrations that "printed" themselves automatically. The circumstance that something inherently invisible and ephemeral like electricity suddenly left a lasting trace intrigued the scientist Lichtenberg as it enabled him to better study his object. When his colleague, the acoustician E.F.F. Chladni transposed this process of self-inscription into the realm of sound, Romantic writers, especially those that were scientists themselves like J.W. Ritter and Novalis, embraced these figures as records of 'nature writing herself.' This "Chiffernschrift," or secret written language, was seen as a key to the understanding of nature, a natural hieroglyph. As Romantic ideas spread throughout Europe, the concept of nature writing herself, in the absence of human mediation, electrified writers and scientists alike and made it conceivable to imagine 'light writing itself, ' - in other words, photography
Geopolitik des Winterschlafs zum Urbanismus der Situationisten by Thomas Y Levin( file )
1 edition published in 1997 in German and held by 4 libraries worldwide
Cinema as symbolic form : Panofsky's film theory by Thomas Y Levin( Book )
3 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
Ciphers of utopia critical theory and the dialectics of technological inscription by Thomas Y Levin( Book )
4 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
Iconology at the movies : Panofsky's film theory by Thomas Y Levin( Article )
1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
Indexicality concrète : the aesthetic politics of Christian Marclay's gramophonia by Thomas Y Levin( Article )
2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Situacionistas : arte, política, urbanismo = Situationists : art, politics, urbanism by Libero Andreotti( Book )
1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Archäologie des Exils Siegfried Kracauers Briefe an Daniel Halévy by Siegfried Kracauer( Book )
2 editions published in 1989 in German and held by 2 libraries worldwide
"Le tremblement de la représentation" : Ute Friederike Jürss et l'esthétique de l'image hétérochronique by Thomas Y Levin( Article )
1 edition published in 2002 in French and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Un iconologue au cinéma : la théorie cinématographique de Panofsky by Thomas Y Levin( Article )
1 edition published in 1997 in French and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Grand hotel : redesigning modern life by Jennifer M Volland( Book )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
"From the utilitarian inns that punctuated ancient trade routes to the worldwide network of Hilton and Hyatt, the hotel has transitioned from a marginal building type to a cultural phenomenon within the global economy. Terms like 'boutique' and 'lifestyle' have become ubiquitous buzzwords in the vocabulary of the hotel, and they engender a new vision of an affective and responsive spatial environment. Architecture and interior design have always played a crucial role in the development of hotels, but their purpose has become more and more decisive, transforming the building type into the advanced form of integrated design that it is today. The scope of the publication is global, an acknowledgment of the pervasive presence of a commercial network that is architecturally formed, geographically distributed, and socially defined."--Publisher's website
Un iconologue au cinéma : la théorie cinématographique de Panofsky by Thomas Y Levin( Article )
1 edition published in 1997 in French and held by 1 library worldwide
Geopolitik des Winterschlafs : zum Urbanismus der Situationisten by Thomas Y Levin( Book )
1 edition published in 1997 in Undetermined and held by 1 library worldwide
 
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Levin, Thomas Y.
Languages
English (52)
German (24)
French (3)
Dutch (2)
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