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By Noam M. Elcott

Darkness has a background and a uniquely glossy shape. targeted from evening, shadows, and synthetic mild, “artificial darkness” has been overlooked—until now. actually, managed darkness used to be necessary to the increase of images and cinema, technology and spectacle, and a century of complicated paintings and movie. Artificial Darkness is the 1st publication to historicize and theorize this phenomenon and map its purposes throughout a number of media and artwork forms.

In exploring how man made darkness formed glossy paintings, movie, and media, Noam M. Elcott addresses seminal and imprecise 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 pictures but in addition every thing surrounding them: the reveal, the darkness, and the event of our bodies and area. on the middle of the e-book is “the black screen,” a know-how of darkness that spawned today’s blue and eco-friendly monitors and has undergirded quite a few complicated artwork and movie practices to this day.

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

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