[PDF] The Practice of Light


The Practice of LightAn account of Western visual SINCE THE RENAISSANCE TRACES A since the Renaissance traces a the increasing control of light's intrinsic excessLight is the condition of all vision and the visual media are our most important explorations of this condition The history of visual technologies reveals and the visual media are our most important explorations of this condition The history of visual technologies reveals centuries long roject aimed at controlling light In this book Sean Cubitt traces a genealogy of the dominant visual media of the twenty first century digital video film and hotography through a history of materials and. Practices that begins with the inventions of intaglio Under Lock and Key printing and oilainting Attending to the specificities of inks and igments cathode ray tubes color film lenses screens and chips Cubitt argues that we have moved from a hierarchical visual culture focused on semantic values to a democratic but value free numerical commodityCubitt semantic values to a democratic but value free numerical commodityCubitt with the invisibility of black then builds from line to surface to volume and space He describes Rembrandt's ATTEMPTS TO ACHIEVE PURE BLACK BY to achieve ure black by the viewer and.

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The rise of geometry as a governing rinciple in visual technology seen in Dürer Hogarth and Disney among others He finds the origins of central features of digital imaging in nineteenth century rintmaking; examines the clash between the hysics and sychology of color; explores the representation of in shadows layers and rojection; discusses modes of temporal order in still hotography cinema television video; and the implications of a olitical aesthetics of visual technolog.