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By Noam M. Elcott

Darkness has a historical past and a uniquely smooth shape. unique from evening, shadows, and synthetic gentle, “artificial darkness” has been overlooked—until now. actually, managed darkness was once necessary to the increase of images and cinema, technology and spectacle, and a century of complex paintings and movie. Artificial Darkness is the 1st e-book to historicize and theorize this phenomenon and map its functions throughout various media and paintings forms.

In exploring how man made darkness formed smooth paintings, movie, and media, Noam M. Elcott addresses seminal and imprecise works along their websites of production—such as images darkrooms, movie studios, and laboratories—and their websites of reception, together with theaters, cinemas, and exhibitions. He argues that artists, scientists, and entertainers like Étienne-Jules Marey, Richard Wagner, Georges Méliès, and Oskar Schlemmer revolutionized not just photographs but in addition every thing surrounding them: the reveal, the darkness, and the adventure of our bodies and house. on the middle of the e-book is “the black screen,” a know-how of darkness that spawned today’s blue and eco-friendly displays and has undergirded quite a few complex artwork and movie practices to this day.

Turning generic paintings and picture narratives on their heads, Artificial Darkness is a innovative remedy of an elusive, but primary, element of artwork and media history.

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