Cover

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Half Title, Series Page, Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Series Foreword

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pp. vii-viii

Leonardo, the International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology, and the affiliated French organization Association Leonardo, have some very simple goals: ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

Ecstatic Worlds grows out of my many years of working on public art projects with the Public Access Collective in Toronto, and I am indebted to the different members of the collective and to the many artists with whom I have collaborated. I am grateful to my long-time interlocutors Susan Lord, Scott Mackenzie, and Michael Zryd ...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-18

The exigencies of intercultural communication and the imagining of a common world have taken on great urgency in the twenty-first century as we figure out how to adapt to the ecological realities brought about by anthropogenic climate change. The term “Anthropocene”1 describes a new geologic age, ...

Part I: Earth

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1. Anonymous Reality and Redemption in “The Family of Man”

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pp. 21-52

We begin with the representation of the human community as a family—that is, with Edward J. Steichen’s now infamous 1955 photographic exhibition “The Family of Man.” This exhibition belongs to the Cold War media of the mid-1950s. It circulated as an iconic statement of global unity at a pivotal moment in world history when the United States ...

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2. Invisible Ecologies: Cousteau’s Cameras and Ocean Wonders

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pp. 53-84

Like Edward Steichen, Jacques-Yves Cousteau was a naval officer in World War II. Both were “captains” who insisted on this identity throughout their long careers. They were also both involved in developing photographic and sensory technologies that supported militaristic surveillance in the air (Steichen) and underwater (Cousteau). ...

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Part II: Worlds

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pp. 85-86

“The Family of Man” has been read both as an expression of the United States’ new power and position in the world, and as an attempt to combat the threat of communism by promoting a vision of American openness and of consumer culture as embracing the cultural diversity of the world. As I argued in part I, when it is read as the foregrounding of human solidarity ...

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3. T Is for Telekinema: Projecting Future Worlds at the Festival of Britain

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pp. 87-126

This chapter analyzes the postwar status and self-image of Great Britain and its “wishful” efforts toward reconstruction after the Second World War, with a focus on the Festival of Britain. The Festival was a national exhibition of artistic, architectural, scientific, technological, and industrial displays intended to inspire war-weary Britons in 1951. ...

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4. Terre des Hommes / Man and His World: Expo 67 as Global Media Experiment

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pp. 127-158

Expo 67, held in Montreal, Quebec, to celebrate Canada’s centenary, located its identity in the futuristic architectures of space exploration and communications media. During the Cold War, MoMA, under the auspices of the USIA, exported one fantasy of global humanity—Steichen’s “Family of Man” to countries in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. ...

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Part III: Planet

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pp. 159-164

According to architectural historian Anthony Vidler, ecological thought has had three significant moments in architecture/urban studies—the early twentieth century, represented by the likes of Scottish town planner Patrick Geddes; the postwar period of reconstruction in both Europe and the United States inspired by this earlier period; and the present moment, ...

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5. Inflatable Media: Film Festivals, Microcinemas, and Ephemeral Media

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pp. 165-204

For Scottish biologist and geographer Patrick Geddes, the media (camera obscura, episcope, periscope, prisms, panoramas, georama, globes, and more) were always an important factor in the creation of an ecological mode of thinking. Media give us access to a world beyond the senses and help us to see the intertwining between inside and outside spaces. ...

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6. Dolphins in Space, Planetary Thinking

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pp. 205-248

Our bid for a sustainable culture is informed by the reality that we are living through a transition that is both planetary and, as I will suggest in this chapter, archival in nature. Deep History, as Catherine Malabou points out, must recognize that we live in worlds and landscapes that are both earthy and virtual.3 ...

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Epilogue: An Ecological Approach to Media Studies

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pp. 249-266

Bataille, his friend the physicist Georges Ambrosino, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and British philosopher A. J. Ayer all met in a Parisian bar on the evening of January 11, 1951, following a lecture by Ayer. Bataille would reflect on the meeting in his own lecture, entitled “Les conséquences du nonsavoir,” delivered at the Collège Philosophique the next day. ...

Notes

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pp. 267-316

Bibliography

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pp. 317-340

Index

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pp. 341-355