Edited by one of the leading Virilio authority's, this book offers the reader a guide through Virilio's work. Using the interview form, Virilio speaks incisively and at length about a vast assortment of cultural and theoretical topics, including architecture and `speed-space', `chronopolitics', art and technoculture, modernism, postmodernism and `hypermodernism', the time of the trajectory and the `information bomb'. His thoughts on Foucault, Baudrillard, Deleuze and Guattari, the performance artist Stelarc, the Persian War and the Kosovo War, are also gathered together.
Paul Virilio is perhaps the most provocative French cultural theorist on the contemporary intellectual scene. Renowned for his fascination with the military–industrial complex and for his concept of ‘dromology’, or the logic of speed, Virilio's theoretical and philosophical writings are enthusiastically received by other contemporary cultural theorists with related concerns, such as Jean Baudrillard. However, Virilio's increasingly influential and consistently challenging theories introduced in texts like Bunker Archeology (1994) and Strategy of Deception (2000), remain a source of continual controversy and intellectual debate.1 By presenting Virilio's cultural theory in interview form, Virilio Live: Selected Interviews offers the reader a new method of approaching his work and the controversies it generates. In this Introduction, the first section delineates Virilio's biographical history, the significance and theoretical ...