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.
Interview 11: Not Words but Visions!
NZ: In L'Inertie polaire , you describe the ‘accidents’ of contemporary technoculture as a kind of secular ‘miracle’. What exactly did you mean by this?
PV: I argue that every time a new technological breakthrough occurs – a new kind of ship or plane for example – there's a new kind of accident. The Titanic was a kind of accident, bringing about a new kind of disaster at sea. In other words, I think that every technological innovation is accompanied by a kind of particular negative form or accident. People talk of natural accidents or disasters such as earthquakes or floods, but these aren't really accidents in my sense of the word. What interests me are the ...