Atlas of Emotion is a highly original endeavor to map the cultural terrain of spatio-visual arts. In an evocative blend of words and pictures, Giuliana Bruno emphasizes the connections between “sight” and “site” and “motion” and “emotion.” In so doing, she touches on the art of Gerhard Richter and Louise Bourgeois, the filmmaking of Peter Greenaway and Michelangelo Antonioni, media archaeology and the origins of the museum, and her own journeys to her native Naples. Visually luscious and daring in conception, Bruno’s book opens new vistas and understandings at every turn.
“One of those critical works packed with learning and insights that at the same time takes you on an exhilarating ride through its author’s imagination.”
“A hugely ambitious mapping of the complex intertwinings of film, architecture, and the body. This adventurous book will be of interest to anyone concerned with what we might call ‘mobility studies’: the attempt to understand cultural performances not as the manifestation of fixed structures but as the expression of restless energies.”
“In this astonishingly provocative, captivating, tender, elegant, and passionate nonchronological, interdisciplinary book, Bruno connects splendidly a psychogeography of cultural life … She takes the readers through a poetico-scholarly and picturesque journey—a visual travelogue, based both on philosophical theories and erudite conjectures … Bruno writes like an expressionist painter, who deeply captures the invisible and the instantaneous.”
“In an exhilarating ride, the reader is transported across this vast hidden landscape to reach a whole new understanding of spatial experience.”
“The richness of Bruno’s take on the relation of motion and emotion … demonstrates its continuing relevance for current interdisciplinary visual cultural research.”