By Robert Romanyshyn

ISBN-10: 0203358872

ISBN-13: 9780203358870

ISBN-10: 0203375637

ISBN-13: 9780203375631

ISBN-10: 0415007879

ISBN-13: 9780415007870

The improvement of linear viewpoint within the fifteenth century represented a thorough transformation within the European's experience of the realm, the physique and the self. Robert Romanyshyn's most recent ebook examines the declare that the advance of linear point of view imaginative and prescient used to be and is essential to the emergence of our technological global. It does so through telling the tale of ways an inventive process has develop into a cultural behavior of brain.

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The camera as an instrument of technology will have its possibility here, and so too will the television. Indeed, the television screen, on which the world actually is reassembled as light, will become our window on the world. Between Alberti’s window and our television screen, there is, however, a series of significant steps. With Alberti the window is still open, but in the later stages of our story we shall have to pay attention to the ways in which it is closed. For the moment, however, it is sufficient to note what we already have said about the window condition of linear perspective vision.

19 What does this disappearance of archaic man indicate about the character of our departure? The body of the space man, as illustrated in the figure of the Little Cosmonaut, is a body of technical functions, a body created or born in and made for distance from the earth. As a body of departure it is a body apart from the earth. In contrast, the body of archaic man is a body of ritual, a body in intimate connection with the earth, a body which is a part of the earth. And just as we are all swept along in the symbol of departure, just as we are all astronauts, so too do we all remain, at least for the moment, a primitive body rooted to the earth, a body which, if not of ritual and remembrance, still remains at least a body of human activity within the layers of technical functions by which it is enshelled.

Indeed, they are the primary images of our age. The space shuttle at lift-off rises against the pull of earth’s gravity, and in that powered ascent the earth grows smaller and farther away. In this image and event we have unmistakeable 22 LIFT-OFF: WE ARE ALL ASTRONAUTS testimony that our technological power over nature is, and always has been, a matter of obtaining distance from it. The departure of the shuttle from earth is only the latest, and perhaps most dramatic, enactment of that distance, for distance belongs to technological knowledge as much as nearness belongs to intimate knowledge, to what might be called a knowledge of the heart.

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