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 and the Oblique
EL: In the 1960s you theorized architecture/urbanism while working on several projects. Did you have any formal training in architecture? How did your interests develop in the field of architecture and urbanism?
PV: I don't have any training in architecture whatsoever. I came to the question of the city through the question of war. I am a child of the war. I was born in 1932, and I lived through the trauma of full-scale war, the destruction of cities, like Nantes, where I lived and where eight thousand buildings were destroyed. It was this relationship with war which led me to become interested in the city and in architecture.
Let me try to explain. First of ...