The HK+ Mobility Humanities Institutes publishes a research series (Assemblage), a translation series (Interconnect), and a public education series (Engagement).
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Mobility Technology and the Aesthetics of Text

Mobility Technology and the Aesthetics of Text

Author
Jinhyung Lee (edited)
Publisher
LP Publication (Seoul, South Korea)
Released
2020.02.28
The Aesthetic Ontology of Text in the Era of Movement

Evolution of Technology and Transformation of a Mode of Existence of Text

Identified as a pivotal nature that has defined human life since the modern era, the evolution of mobility technology and related high-mobility of humans and objects have been major interests of modern artists. Nevertheless, numerous texts aimed at representing the question of movement have been largely unacknowledged from a perspective of movement or mobility. Considering Walter Benjamin’s significant attempt in the 1930s to characterize the technology of reproduction as a novel condition for art, the evolution of mobility technology in contemporary society, radically collapsing the temporal and spatial limits, has inevitably changed the way art exists. In this sense, to use Derrida’s phrase, there is no text outside mobility network, implying that text in itself today has embodied the notion of mobility.

Recapturing the Aesthetics of Text in the Era of High-Mobility

The book aims to explore the changes within which the evolution of mobility technology and its gradual influence on the mobility have brought to the aesthetics of text. It seeks to (re)capture various literary and artistic texts in terms of mobility from the beginning of the modern era to the current 21st century era of high-mobility - the modern era that begins with everything solid melted away. Taking into account both that the movement of people and objects has gradually advanced and accelerated and that such phenomena have developed in accordance with the evolution of mobility technology, it would be reasonable to say that mobility and its technology serve as more than essential factors in the aesthetics of text. This book elaborates the aforementioned arguments in three parts consisting of: ‘dynamics of technology evolution and text construction,’ ‘embodied mobility or culture on the move,’ and ‘historical geography of mobility and its textual representation.’ It mainly articulates: 1) how the development of means of mobility and its advancement operate in the level of text construction; 2) the ways that mobility technology enables text to be in motion; and 3) the manners in which mobility in a particular region has been historically represented.

Book Synopsis

The book consists of three parts.
  • Part 1 entitled ‘Dynamics of Technology Evolution and Text Construction’ explores the ways in which the augmentation in mobility or its technological evolution operates in the level of text construction.
  • Part 2 entitled ‘Embodied Mobility or Culture on the Move’ examines in detail the modified cases in juxtaposition with the evolution of mobility technology.
  • Part 3 entitled ‘Historical Geography of Mobility and Its Textual Representation’ investigates the ways in which mobility in a particular time and space is represented.
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