Title :

Commodifying the world : space, gaze, discipline and resistance at the Universal Expositions

Author :
MARTIN, David ;
Publication year :
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Martin points out two observations repeatedly made in non-European accounts of the universal exhibitions: first, that Europeans were overcome by an uncontrollable eagerness to stare; and second, that non-Europeans were disappointed and embarrassed by the distorted ways their own cultures were presented at the fairs. He then suggests that both observations provide an insight into a particular metaphysic of representation that underpinned the universal expositions, which had at its center a disciplinary regimentation of the gaze. His aim in the paper is to reveal the 19th c. union of space and gaze with that of the commodity; and to suggest that, in doing so, not only can the universal expositions be approached from a new perspective, but also the colonial cultures they so aptly represented. At the same time, new sites can be opened up to investigate non-European responses to the expositions. ;
Pagination/Size :
1 ill. ;
Topic :
French keywords :
Colonialisme ; Espace ; Etrangers ; Exposition universelle ; Regard ; 1800-1900 ;
Descriptors :
Colonialism ; Foreigners ; Gaze ; Space ; Universal exhibitions ; 1800-1900 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Australian journal of art, 1998, 14, 1
INIST identifier :
24994749 ;
ISSN 0314-6464 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;