A critical inquiry into the relations of space, time and technology. Paul Virilio shows how technology has made inertia the defining condition of modernity. He argues that the real time of "action at a distance" through telecommunication has replaced the real space of immediate action. Everything now happens without the need to go anywhere. This redefinition seeks to undo simplistic versions of the globalisation thesis. The author's relentless, sceptical gaze focuses on space, territory, and the body and considers Venetian gondolas, NASA technology, the Lumiere cinema and particle accelerators.
Paul Virilio is President Ecoloe Speciale d'Architecture, and author of Open Sky (verao); Art of the Motor (BFI); War and Cinema (Verso), amongst others.