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 - identical to in every single place- has develop into ordinary, fascinating, omnipresent, but its upward thrust to pre-eminence as a 'way of seeing' increases urgent questions on its results and meanings that experience no longer but been explored. extra instantly than the other visible modality, aerial imagery supplies us- and helps our suggestion of- a totalizing evaluation, a world-view, and hence in flip calls for that its implications be explored because the 'symbolic shape' of the worldwide period. even if this 'view of the realm' retains present process adjustments as applied sciences remain invented and sophisticated. Underpinned through a cross-disciplinary procedure that pulls jointly assorted and formerly remoted fabric, this article examines the politics and poetics of the aerial view relating to structure, paintings, movie, literature, images and urbanism, and explores its position in parts resembling aesthetics and epistemology. utilizing examples of particular cultural moments to explain the broader conception, this is often the single publication to supply a cultural heritage of the aerial mind's eye and its centrality to visible culture.