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Anne Popiel

Washington University, St. Louis - USA

Anne Popiel is studying towards a PhD in Germanic Languages and Literatures with a Certificate in Translation Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She will include Flusser in her dissertation and is currently interested in the intersections of art and science in maps, diagrams, digital technology and the environment.

Articles of Anne Popiel

The Art of the Vampyroteuthis - Vilém Flusser, Vampyroteuthis infernalis: His Art

In this excerpt from his hybrid text of philosophical fiction, Vilém Flusser examines the history and future of human art and communication from the perspective of a giant deep-sea squid, the Vampyroteuthis infernalis. Fictionalizing some of the accepted biological details about the extant species of squid, Flusser oscillates between an encyclopedic description of the animal’s anatomical and behavioral characteristics and a cultural history of human art making. He proposes the world of the Vampyroteuthis as a model for human communication in the age of television, film and digital images. With his skill for de-familiarizing everyday aspects of human life, Flusser holds the molluscan creature up to his reader as a mirror in which human behavior can be considered from an opposing, almost inhuman perspective.

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