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By Noam M. Elcott

Darkness has a historical past and a uniquely sleek shape. special from evening, shadows, and synthetic mild, “artificial darkness” has been overlooked—until now. in truth, managed darkness used to be necessary to the increase of images and cinema, technology and spectacle, and a century of complex artwork and movie. Artificial Darkness is the 1st e-book to historicize and theorize this phenomenon and map its purposes throughout various media and paintings forms.

In exploring how man made darkness formed sleek artwork, movie, and media, Noam M. Elcott addresses seminal and vague works along their websites of production—such as images darkrooms, movie studios, and laboratories—and their websites of reception, together with theaters, cinemas, and exhibitions. He argues that artists, scientists, and entertainers like Étienne-Jules Marey, Richard Wagner, Georges Méliès, and Oskar Schlemmer revolutionized not just photos but additionally every thing surrounding them: the display, the darkness, and the event of our bodies and area. on the middle of the booklet is “the black screen,” a know-how of darkness that spawned today’s blue and eco-friendly displays and has undergirded various complicated artwork and picture practices to this day.

Turning standard paintings and movie narratives on their heads, Artificial Darkness is a innovative therapy of an elusive, but basic, element of paintings and media history.

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