Eric R. Kandel: The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present (2012)

31 January 2014, dusan

“A book by Nobel Prize winner Eric R. Kandel, The Age of Insight takes us to Vienna 1900, where leaders in science, medicine, and art began a revolution that changed forever how we think about the human mind—our conscious and unconscious thoughts and emotions—and how mind and brain relate to art.

At the turn of the century, Vienna was the cultural capital of Europe. Artists and scientists met in glittering salons, where they freely exchanged ideas that led to revolutionary breakthroughs in psychology, brain science, literature, and art. Kandel takes us into the world of Vienna to trace, in rich and rewarding detail, the ideas and advances made then, and their enduring influence today.

The Vienna School of Medicine led the way with its realization that truth lies hidden beneath the surface. That principle infused Viennese culture and strongly influenced the other pioneers of Vienna 1900. Sigmund Freud shocked the world with his insights into how our everyday unconscious aggressive and erotic desires are repressed and disguised in symbols, dreams, and behavior. Arthur Schnitzler revealed women’s unconscious sexuality in his novels through his innovative use of the interior monologue. Gustav Klimt, Oscar Kokoschka, and Egon Schiele created startlingly evocative and honest portraits that expressed unconscious lust, desire, anxiety, and the fear of death.

Kandel tells the story of how these pioneers—Freud, Schnitzler, Klimt, Kokoschka, and Schiele—inspired by the Vienna School of Medicine, in turn influenced the founders of the Vienna School of Art History to ask pivotal questions such as What does the viewer bring to a work of art? How does the beholder respond to it? These questions prompted new and ongoing discoveries in psychology and brain biology, leading to revelations about how we see and perceive, how we think and feel, and how we respond to and create works of art. Kandel, one of the leading scientific thinkers of our time, places these five innovators in the context of today’s cutting-edge science and gives us a new understanding of the modernist art of Klimt, Kokoschka, and Schiele, as well as the school of thought of Freud and Schnitzler. Reinvigorating the intellectual enquiry that began in Vienna 1900, The Age of Insight is a wonderfully written, superbly researched, and beautifully illustrated book that also provides a foundation for future work in neuroscience and the humanities. It is an extraordinary book from an international leader in neuroscience and intellectual history.”

Publisher Random House, 2012
ISBN 1588369307, 9781588369307
656 pages
via quackalist

Interview with the author (NPR)
Review (Alexander C. Kafka, The Chronicle Review)
Review (Roxanne Powell, The Vienna Review)
Review (Briefly Noted, The New York Times)
Review (Peter F. Buckley, The American Journal of Psychiatry)
Review (Jonah Lehrer, Wired)


Charts and Images from the book

Cahiers du Cinéma, Vols. 1–4 (1951–78/1985–2000) & Special Issues in English (1966-67)

30 January 2014, dusan

Cahiers du Cinéma [Notebooks on Cinema] is an influential French film magazine founded in 1951 by André Bazin, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze and Joseph-Marie Lo Duca. It developed from the earlier magazine Revue du Cinéma involving members of two Paris film clubs—Objectif 49 (Robert Bresson, Jean Cocteau and Alexandre Astruc, among others) and Ciné-Club du Quartier Latin. Initially edited by Éric Rohmer, it included amongst its writers Jacques Rivette, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol and François Truffaut. (from Wikipedia)

This set of four volumes presents selected texts from the years 1951-1978 in English translation.

Cahiers du Cinéma: The 1950s: Neo-Realism, Hollywood, New Wave
An anthology from Cahiers du Cinéma, nos 1–102, April 1951 – December 1959
Edited by Jim Hillier
Publisher Harvard University Press, 1985
ISBN 0674090608
312 pages

Cahiers du Cinéma: 1960-1968: New Wave, New Cinema, Reevaluating Hollywood
An anthology from Cahiers du Cinéma, nos 103–207, January 1960 – December 1968
Edited by Jim Hillier
Publisher Harvard University Press, 1986
ISBN 0674090624
363 pages

Cahiers du Cinéma, Volume 3: 1969-1972: The Politics of Representation
An anthology from Cahiers du Cinéma, nos 210–239, March 1969 – June 1972
Edited by Nick Browne
Publisher Routledge, in association with the British Film Institute, 1990
ISBN 0415029872
352 pages

Cahiers du Cinema, Volume 4: 1973-1978: History, Ideology, Cultural Struggle
An anthology from Cahiers du Cinéma, nos 248–292, September 1973 – September 1978
Edited by David Wilson
With an Introduction by Bérénice Reynaud
Publisher Routledge, in association with the British Film Institute, 2000
ISBN 0415029880
323 pages

Publishers: Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, Volume 4.

Volume 1 (1950s)
Volume 2 (1960-1968)
Volume 3 (1969-1972)
Volume 4 (1973-1978)

Cahiers du Cinema in English, ed. Andrew Sarris:
Number 1 (Jan 1966, 74 pp, 57 MB, via chef, added 2015-1-11),
Number 2 (Mar 1966, 82 pp, 65 MB, via chef, added 2015-1-12),
Number 3 (May 1966, 74 pp, 63 MB, via chef, added 2015-1-16),
Number 4 (Jul 1966, 66 pp, 57 MB, via chef, added 2015-1-16),
Number 5 (Sep 1966, 65 pp, 56 MB, via chef, added 2015-1-16),
Number 6 (Dec 1966, 66 pp, 57 MB, via chef, added 2015-1-16),
Number 7 (Jan 1967, 66 pp, 61 MB, via chef, added 2015-1-16),
Number 8 (Feb 1967, 68 pp, 44 MB, via LtJ),
Number 9 (Mar 1967, 65 pp, 59 MB, via chef, added 2015-1-17),
Number 10 (May 1967, 68 pp, 43 MB, via LtJ),
Number 11 (Sep 1967, 68 pp, 43 MB, via LtJ)
Number 12 (Dec 1967, 66 pp, 60 MB, via chef, added 2015-1-18)

Tomislav Medak, Petar Milat (eds.): Idea of Radical Media (2013) [English/Croatian]

29 January 2014, dusan

This is the “reader from the Idea of Radical Media conference, held June 7-8, 2013 in Zagreb, Croatia, and organized by the Multimedia Institute. The conference took place in the context of the exhibition Prospects of Arkzin and the media action Installing the Public, both revisiting the Arkzin phenomenon two decades later. Arkzin was a collective and a publication that emerged out of the Anti-War Campaign in the early 1990s and gave a theoretical and polemical voice to anti-nationalist positions. The publishing and activist practices of Arkzin anticipated and reflected the practices of tactical media that were crystallizing from a particular confluence of a political moment marked by the post-socialist transition, post-Yugoslav conflicts and alter-globalist contestations, and a technological moment of the rise of early Net.

However, the conference and the reader have a broader aim. On the one hand, we wanted to look back at the practical articulations and discursive re-articulations of radical media practices in arts, mass communication and political work and over the last two decades. On the other, to reasses the notion of radical media from a broader historical perspective and the critical perspective of the current political moment.” (from the Introduction)

With essays by Clemens Apprich, Eric Kluitenberg, Jodi Dean, Matteo Pasquinelli, Branka Ćurčić, Alessandro Ludovico, Anthony Iles, Joanne Richardson, Vera Tollmann, Katarina Peović Vuković and Ana Peraica.

Idea of Radical Media / Ideja radikalnih medija
Publisher Multimedia Institute, Zagreb, 2013
ISBN 9789537372101
256 pages

See also Prospects of Arkzin catalogue (48 pp, 2013)