Living Surfaces

Living Surfaces Images, Plants, and Environments of Media - Leonardo

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Publisher's Synopsis

An investigation of aesthetics and visualizations of planetary surfaces from an experimental media theory perspective. What if every vista, every island-indeed, every geographical feature on Earth-could be viewed as an art object? In Living Surfaces, Abelardo Gil-Fournier and Jussi Parikka explore how the surface of the Earth has, over the last two centuries, become known and perceived as an environment of images. Living Surfaces features a range of case studies from eighteenth-century experiments with and observations of vegetal matter, photosynthesis, and plant physiology to twenty-first-century machine vision and AI techniques of calculating agricultural and other landscape surfaces. Mapping these different scales of vegetal images, Gil-Fournier and Parikka help us understand core questions that pertain to the artistic and architectural reference points for the Anthropocene. With 42 black-and-white and full-color illustrations, Living Surfaces is an engaging and unique take on environmental surfaces as they come to occupy a central place in our understanding of planetary change.

Book information

ISBN: 9780262547956
Publisher: The MIT Press
Imprint: The MIT Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 580.723
DEWEY edition: 23/eng/20231025
Number of pages: cm.
Weight: 534g
Height: 229mm
Width: 152mm
Spine width: 20mm