[artinfo] Culture Machine series/Virilio new book

gary hall gary.hall at connectfree.co.uk
Sat Sep 3 12:07:49 CEST 2005



Series Editor: Gary Hall

Commissioning Editors:
Dave Boothroyd, Chris Hables Gray, Simon Morgan Wortham, Joanna Zylinska

International Consultant Editors:
Simon Critchley, Lawrence Grossberg, Donna 
Haraway, Peggy Kamuf, Brian Massumi, Meaghan 
Morris, Paul Patton, Paul Rabinow, Kevin Robins, 
Avital Ronell

The position of cultural theory has radically 
shifted. What was once the engine of change 
across the Humanities and Social Sciences is now 
faced with a new 'post-theoretical' mood, a 
return to empiricism and to a more transparent 
politics. So what is the future for cultural 
Addressing this question through the presentation 
of innovative, provocative, cutting-edge work, 
the Culture Machine series both repositions 
cultural theory and reaffirms its continuing 
intellectual and political importance.


The first publication in the CULTURE MACHINE SERIES is:

Paul Virilio
Translated by Julie Rose

August 2005   /   160pp   /   HB: £16.99   /   ISBN:1 84520 224 4

City of Panic takes the reader on a journey across the airy boulevards
of Paris and into the crypt of its Metro. For Virilio, whose sense of
cities was formed by earlier wars, Paris is both  the City of Light and
the City of Panic.

Written in the shadow of war, City of Panic argues that cities
everywhere have been the dedicated target of political and technological

terror throughout the 20th Century. The wanton erasure of the past, the
construction of identikit places, the proliferation of
gated-communities, the ever-widening net of surveillance, the
privatisation of what was public...Now every metropolis is a war zone
and every metropolis is the same.

In this globalised and militarised everywhere, all citizens are becoming
one citizen - saturated, standardised and synchronised - ever more
reliant on a media fabricating a world of fear. For the panic of the
21st century is simply the final phase of the pincer movement.
Place-less, media-fed, panic-struck - welcome to the desert of the real.

Paul Virilio is one of our foremost cultural critics. Architect and
urban planner and former director of the Ecole Speciale d'Architecture
in Paris, he has written widely on film, architecture, war and technology.
Julie Rose is a freelance translator and winner of the PEN Medallion for


1. Tabula Rasa
2. Democracy of Emotion
3. Kriegstrasse
4. An Accident in Time
5. Panicsville
6. The Twilight of Places


Forthcoming books in the CULTURE MACHINE SERIES include

Art, Time & Technology by Charlie Gere

Knowledge Goes Pop: From Conspiracy Theory to 
Celebrity Gossip by Clare Birchall

Anti-Capitalism: Cultural Theory and Popular Politics by Jeremy Gilbert

Dr Gary Hall
Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies, Middlesex University
Co-editor of Culture Machine http://www.culturemachine.net
My website http://www.garyhall.info

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