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By Mark Dorrian, Frédéric Pousin

From sixteenth-century Roman maps, to the Luftwaffe's aerial survey of Warsaw, the London Eye to Google Earth, visible tradition is saturated with aerial imagery. The aerial view - a dead ringer for all over- has turn into typical, fascinating, omnipresent, but its upward push to pre-eminence as a 'way of seeing' increases urgent questions about its results and meanings that experience now not but been explored. extra instantly than the other visible modality, aerial imagery provides us- and helps our proposal of- a totalizing evaluation, a world-view, and therefore in flip calls for that its implications be explored because the 'symbolic shape' of the worldwide period. notwithstanding this 'view of the area' retains present process variations as applied sciences stay invented and sophisticated. Underpinned by way of a cross-disciplinary procedure that attracts jointly diversified and formerly remoted fabric, this article examines the politics and poetics of the aerial view relating to structure, artwork, movie, literature, images and urbanism, and explores its position in parts comparable to aesthetics and epistemology. utilizing examples of particular cultural moments to explain the broader conception, this can be the single publication to supply a cultural historical past of the aerial mind's eye and its centrality to visible culture.

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