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Into the Universe of Technical Images$
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Vilém Flusser

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816670208

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816670208.001.0001

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To Envision

To Envision

(p.33) To Envision
Into the Universe of Technical Images

Vilém Flusser

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses apparatuses for visualization that operate according to principles of chance and necessity (the principles that govern probabilities) and also operate automatically. What is at once ghostly and enticing about envisioning with keys is that technical images are phantoms that can give the world, and us, meaning. This chapter considers the power to do such visualization, distinguishing it from the imagination of traditional image making that preceded it. It shows how surfaces emerge and how a visionary power is expressed in these surfaces that would never have been possible before the invention of keys. Technical images are envisioned surfaces computed from particles. A closer look at technical images shows that they are not images at all but rather symptoms of chemical or electronic processes. After explaining what envisioning is and how it can be achieved, the chapter concludes by describing the current cultural revolution.

Keywords:   apparatus, visualization, envisioning, keys, technical images, surfaces, particles, cultural revolution

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