By Mark Dorrian, Frédéric Pousin
From sixteenth-century Roman maps, to the Luftwaffe's aerial survey of Warsaw, the London Eye to Google Earth, visible tradition is saturated with aerial imagery. The aerial view - a dead ringer for in all places- has develop into average, fascinating, omnipresent, but its upward push to pre-eminence as a 'way of seeing' increases urgent questions on its results and meanings that experience no longer but been explored. extra instantly than the other visible modality, aerial imagery offers us- and helps our proposal of- a totalizing evaluation, a world-view, and hence in flip calls for that its implications be explored because the 'symbolic shape' of the worldwide period. despite the fact that this 'view of the realm' retains present process ameliorations as applied sciences remain invented and sophisticated. Underpinned via a cross-disciplinary procedure that pulls jointly different and formerly remoted fabric, this article examines the politics and poetics of the aerial view on the subject of structure, artwork, movie, literature, images and urbanism, and explores its position in components similar to aesthetics and epistemology. utilizing examples of particular cultural moments to clarify the broader thought, this can be the one ebook to supply a cultural background of the aerial mind's eye and its centrality to visible culture.
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