This book offers a major reappraisal of Jean Baudrillard's thoughts on the image, radical illusion and media culture.
Here for the first time, through a number of highly accessible interviews and recent essays, Baudrillard introduces what he calls the `stunning clarity' of the photographic, and fascinatingly outlines his present thoughts on urban reality, aesthetics, virtual reality and new media technologies, in the light of his practice as a photographer.
The book is illustrated with eight colour plates of Baudrillard's photographs and includes a number of provocative and illuminating responses to his recent writings from noted Baudrillard scholars. It also includes a definitive bibliography of critical responses to Baudrillard's writings on media culture, art and photography.
Nicholas Zurbrugg is professor of English and Cultural Studies in the School of Arts and Humanities, de Montfort University, Leicester CONTRIBUTORS Rex Butler University of Queensland Alan Cholodenko University of Toronto Graham Coulter-Smith Griffith University Gary Genosko Toronto Paul Patton University of Sydney Richard G Smith University of Bristol Anne-Marie Willis University of New South Wales
Introduction - Nicholas Zurbrugg `Just What Is It That Makes Baudrillard's Ideas So Different, So Appealing?' Objects, Images and the Possibilities of Aesthetic Illusion - Jean Baudrillard Aesthetic Illusion and Virtual Reality - Jean Baudrillard The Art of Disappearance - Jean Baudrillard The Ecstasy of Photography - Jean Baudrillard interviewed by Nicholas Zurbrugg Baudrillard's List - Jean Baudrillard interviewed by Rex Butler Jean Baudrillard's Defence of the Real - Rex Butler Reading In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities as an Allegory of Representation `Objects in Mirror are Closer Than They Appear' - Alan Cholodenko The Virtual Reality of Jurassic Park and Jean Baudrillard Between Marx and Derrida - Graham Coulter-Smith Baudrillard, Art and Technology Who Is the `French McLuhan'? - Gary Genosko This Is Not a War - Paul Patton After the Afterimage of Jean Baudrillard - Anne-Marie Willis Photography, the Object, Ecology and Design Baudrillard, Barthes, Burroughs and `Absolute' Photography - Nicholas Zurbrugg Following Baudrillard - Richard G Smith A Bibliobraphy of Writings on Jean Baudrillard