Scheda libro
Words and Images

Superfici

A proposito di estetica, materialità e media

  • Author: Giuliana Bruno
  • Year: 2016
  • Language: Italian
  • Pages: 320
  • Price: 38,00 €
  • ISBN: 978-88-6010-179-2
  • Size: 16,5 x 24 cm
  • Illustrations: 80 colour

In a culture marked by the virtual and rapidly changing new media, what is the place of the surface, the very expression of a physical substance? A border area between internal and external worlds, a threshold that separates the visual from the tactile, the surface is also and above all a place of material relations. In order to discover the materiality of the images that fill the contemporary and grasp their significance, it is therefore essential to explore the space of these relations and how they are mediated through surfaces that may take on the features of skin, of a dress, of a cinema screen or of a canvas, and even the screens of the electronic devices that dominate our daily lives. In following the thread of these encounters we discover how the visual is structured and understand that the image is not just a two-dimensional element, but something porous, an epidermis that absorbs time, a place where forms of memory and transformation can find expression; it is a device for bringing distant space-time dimensions together. Delving deep into the object relations between art, architecture, fashion, design, cinema and new media, Giuliana Bruno asks questions about the concept of materiality and its many manifestations.

Surface is a magisterial wandering through contemporary visual culture; a walk that traverses the light spaces of artists such as Robert Irwin, James Turrell, Tacita Dean and Anthony McCall, touches the tactile surfaces of the cinema screens of Isaac Julien, Sally Potter and Wong Kar-wai and travels across materiality in the architectural practices of Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Herzog & de Meuron to the art of Doris Salcedo and Rachel Whiteread, where the surface tension of media becomes concrete. It is a dissertation that manages to dispel a myth – that the surface is something superficial.

  • About the author
  • Contents

Giuliana Bruno, born in Naples, lives in New York since 1980 and is professor of Visual and Environmental  studies at Harvard University. She is the author of many essays that explore the intersections between cinema, visual arts and architecture, including Rovine con vista. Alla ricerca del cinema perduto di Elvira Notari (1995).

I. Trame del visuale

1. Questione di tessuto. Ripiegamenti della materia, pieghe dell’anima

2. Superficie, texture, sartorialità. Il mondo modellato di Wong Kar-wai

 

II. Superfici di luce

3. Spazi di luce, superfici dello schermo. Sul tessuto della proiezione

4. La tensione di superficie dei media. Texture, tela, schermo

5. Profondità della superficie, tessuti dello schermo. Patine, coperture e “pellicole”

 

III. Schermi di proiezione

6. Siti di visione. Il cinema, il museo e l’arte della proiezione

7. Il museo dell’architetto. Le proiezioni su duplice schermo di Isaac Julien

 

IV. Materiali dell’immaginazione

8. Proiezioni. L’immaginario architettonico nell’arte

9. Texture e trame all’Avana. Memorie di cultura materiale

10. A proposito di polvere, appannamento e macchie del tempo. Una lettera “virtuale” a Sally Potter