The Moving Eye: Film, Television, Architecture, Visual Art and the Modern

ISBN : 9780190218447

Edward Dimendberg
184 Pages
178 x 254 mm
Pub date
Jul 2019
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Once the province of film and media scholars, today the moving image is of broad concern to historians of art and architecture and designers of everything from websites to cities. As museums and galleries devote increasing space to video installations which no longer presuppose a fixed viewer, urban space becomes envisioned and planned through "fly throughs," and technologies such as GPS add data to the experience of travel, moving images have captured the attention of geographers and scholars across the humanities and social sciences. Their practice of "mobility studies" is remaking how we understand a contemporary world in relentless motion. Media theorist and historian Anne Friedberg (1952-2009) was among the first practitioners of visual studies to theorize the experience of vision in motion. Her books have become key points of reference in the discussion of the windows that frame images and the viewers in motion who perceive them. Although widely influential beyond her own discipline, Friedberg's work has never been the subject of an extended study. The Moving Eye: Film, Television, Architecture, Visual Art and the Modern gathers together essays by renowned thinkers in media studies, art history, architecture, and museum studies to consider the rich implications of her work for understanding film and video, new media, visual art, architecture, exhibition design, urban space, and virtual reality. Ranging from early cinema, to works by Le Corbusier, Sergei Eisenstein, Gordon Matta-Clark, and Pierre Huyghe, to theories of the image in motion informed by psychoanalysis, theories of the public sphere, and animal studies, each of the nine essays in the book advances the lines of inquiry commenced by Friedberg.


Introduction: Edward Dimendberg
Chapter 1. Moving Through Friedberg's Properly Adjusted Virtual Window: Tom Gunning
Chapter 2. Psychoanalysis Discovers Film Theory: Anne Friedberg and Close Up: Christa Blumlinger
Chapter 3. Nicholas Ray's We Can't Go Home Again: Multiple Windows in a Delirious Time Machine: Patricia Pisters
Chapter 4. The Eisenstein Effect: Architecture and Narrative Montage in Eisenstein and Le Corbusier: Anthony Vidler
Chapter 5. Max Ophuls and Instant Messaging: Reframing Cinema and Publicness: Miriam Hansen
Chapter 6. The Open Box: Umberto Eco, Achille Castiglioni and the Architecture of Television: Sylvia Lavin
Chapter 7. Windows on a Broken World: Gordon Matta-Clark's photographs of public housing in New York: Gwendolyn Owens (
Chapter 8. Sites of Screening: Cinema, Museum, and the Art of Projection: Giuliana Bruno
Chapter 9. Humans becoming Animals: On Sensorimotor Affection: Gertrud Koch
Bibliography of Writings by Anne Friedberg
Contributor Biographies

About the author: 

Edward Dimendberg is Professor of Humanities and European Languages at the University of California, Irvine. He is the principal of Dimendberg Consulting LLC.

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