Addressing the pivotal role played by speed in modern life – from art, architecture, and urbanism to graphics and design, to economics and the material culture of the eras of industry and information – Speed Limits presents a multifaceted view that is both a defence of speed and an implicit denunciation of its detrimental effect on contemporary life.
Along with the essays, the book includes an anthology of nineteenth- and twentieth-century statements on speed and slowness from writers such as Charles Dickens, Friedrich Nietzsche, Marcel Proust, J.G. Ballard, Italo Calvino, and Marshall McLuhan, among others. Dividing these two sections is a visual essay by Jeffrey T. Schnapp that draws images from the archives of the CCA and the Wolfsonian.
Edited and with a visual essay by Jeffrey T. Schnapp. Prefaces by Mirko Zardini and Cathy Leff. Essays by Schnapp, Timothy Alborn, Yve-Alain Bois, Edward Dimendberg, Maria Gough, Antonino Mastruzzo, Jeffrey L. Meikle, Pierre Niox, Marjorie Perloff, Mark Seltzer, and Anthony Vidler. Anthology of historic texts by Charles Dickens, Friedrich Nietzsche, Marcel Proust, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Kazimir Malevich, Marshall McLuhan, and Italo Calvino, among others. Book design by Tim Hossler.
Softcover, 320 pages. Published in English. Co-published with Skira Publishers and Wolfsonian-Florida International University.