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Virilio Live: Selected Interviews

by Armitage J SAGE Publications Ltd
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Paul Virilio is arguably, the most provocative French cultural theorist to have emerged in recent years. Renowned for his concept of `dromology', or the logic of speed, Virilio's writings are eagerly awaited by a large and growing audience.But, as much as Virilio's ideas are becoming increasingly influential, they remain misunderstood and in contention by many.This book offers the reader a guide through Virilio's contribution. Using the interview form, Virilio speaks incisively and at length about a vast assortment of cultural and theoretical topics, including architecture and `speed-space', `chronopolitics', art and technoculture, modernism, postmodernism and `hypermodernism', the time of the trajectory and the `information bomb'. His thoughts on Foucault, Baudrillard, Deleuze and Guattari, the performance artist Stelarc, the Persian War and the Kosovo War, are also gathered together.Edited by one of the leading Virilio authority's, the book contains a Preface written by Virilio and an accessible introduction. Four of the interviews appear here in English for the first time. The volume comes with suggestions for further reading and a select bibliography of Virilio's key works. The collection is a vital introductory text and an important reference work for students of cultural theory, sociology and political philosophy.

Preface - Paul Virilio Introduction - John Armitage PART ONE: ON THEORY, CULTURE AND SOCIETY Interview One - John Armitage From Modernism to Hypermodernism and Beyond PART TWO: ON ARCHITECTURE Interview Two - Enrique Limon Paul Virilio and the Oblique Interview Three - Andreas Ruby The Time of the Trajectory PART THREE: ON SPEED-SPACE AND CHRONOPOLITICS Interview Four - Chris Dercon Speed-Space Interview Five - Niels Brugger Perception, Politics and the Intellectual Interview Six - Friedrich Kittler The Information Bomb: A Conversation PART FOUR: ON ART, TECHNOCULTURE AND THE INTEGRAL ACCIDENT Interview Seven - JÚrome Sans Paul Virilio Interview Eight - Dominique Joubert and Christiane Carlut Paul Virilio Interview Nine - Catherine David The Dark Spot of Art Interview Ten - Pierre Sterckx Landscape of Events Seen at Speed Interview Eleven - Nicholas Zurbrugg Not Words but Visions! PART FIVE: ON THE STRATEGIES OF DECEPTION Interview Twelve - John Armitage The Kosovo W@r Did Take Place Suggested Further Reading Select Bibliography of the Works of Paul Virilio - John Armitage

`Read Virilio at his spoken best: accelerated, corrosive, prophetic. Virilio is trying to wake up everyone that slumbers as the information bomb disappears the autonomous subject, trivializes democratic politics, and turns Western ways of war into a videogame. Drivign a stake into the heart of the military-industrial-media-entertainment network, Virilio Live could well be the best possible antidote yet for the virtually undead' - James Der Derian, editor of The Virilio Reader

`The spontaneity of the interview form brings otu the best in Virilio. This is an indispensable guide to the work and thought of one of the most important contemporary thinkers. A lively and thought-provoking collection, it will be welcomed by initiates and newcomers alike' - Professor Kevin Robins, Goldsmiths College, University of London

I specialise in the cultural and media theory of Paul Virilio, the French contemporary philosopher and acritic of the art of technologya. Associated with various conceptions related to architecture, aesthetics, and new information and communications technologies in particular, Virilio is influenced by the continental philosophy or phenomenology of Edmund Husserl, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and numerous other critical theorists. Virilioas work is unique and as a result shares very little in common with other contemporary cultural and media theorists, although he is often compared with other French thinkers such as Jean Baudrillard, Gilles Deleuze, and Bernard Stiegler. Virilio has written well over twenty main works, inclusive of Speed and Politics (1986), Bunker Archeology (1994), War and Cinema (1989), The Art of the Motor (1995), Open Sky (1997), and, more recently, The University of Disaster (2010) and The Future of the Instant: Stop-Eject (2010).