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This essay explores how the large-scale video-installation art of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer uses the illusion of confrontation, contact, and interactivity to create what many spectators describe as an uncanny experience. Like Freud's uncanny, Lozano-Hemmer's work undermines stable subject positions...
This essay analyzes programmatic texts by Lessing and Kant in terms of how they influence the public sphere of the Enlightenment. Sharing a programmatic commitment to enlightenment as "the exit from our self-imposed tutelage," Lessing and Kant understood the enlightenment process as one that...
This essay looks at both spiritual and secular "conversation guides" published during the Restoration era in order to argue that a primarily discursive and contingent tradition of courtly conversation converged with a primarily immanent and embodied Christian usage of the word in late...
The late nineteenth-century debates about forms of dressage and the correct representations of horses, using the circus as the major arena for testing and observation, provided a fertile ground for the development of Etienne-Jules Marey's physiology of locomotion. Marey claimed to revolutionize...
Focusing on Leonardo's incarnational images, this essay argues that the category of the aesthetic emerges during the Renaissance around the problem of autochthony, and that the work's mimetic character as well as its political and historical status only become apparent during the era in relation...
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