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Principles of Cerebral Mechanics

By Charles Cros. Introduction and translation by Doug Skinner.

A visionary treatise on perception from the extraordinary polymath Charles Cros—poet, friend to Rimbaud and Verlaine, and inventor of color photography and the phonograph

Establishing the author’s standing as the inventeur maudit of his time, Principles of Cerebral Mechanics was first presented to the Academy of Sciences in 1872, but was not published until 1879, and then only in fragmentary form. Setting out to understand the mechanics of perception—the organs of which at the time were too small and inaccessible to be studied directly—Cros instead attempted to reverse-engineer the sensory organs. Whereas his previous inventions in the realms of audio recording and color photography had focused on technology for the senses, with this ambitious essay Cros turned to conceptualizing the technology of the senses themselves: rather than the transmission of color to the retina, here he instead attempted to conceive of how color was transmitted from the retina to the brain. By approaching the human brain as a “mechanism of registration,” Cros’ essay can be set alongside the groundbreaking work of such revolutionary figures who transformed modern vision as Étienne-Jules Marey and Eadweard Muybridge.
Charles Cros (1842–88) was as much Renaissance man as he was poète maudit. A bohemian poet who drank with Verlaine and provided housing to Rimbaud, he also developed the comic monologue as a theatrical genre, and invented both the phonograph (which he named the “paléophone”) and color photography (though he failed to patent either before Thomas Edison or Louis Ducos du Hauron), among other such inventions as a nonmetallic battery and a musical stenographer.


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Principles of Cerebral Mechanics

PRINCIPLES OF CEREBRAL MECHANICS

By Charles Cros. Introduction and translation by Doug Skinner.

WAKEFIELD PRESS

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Pub Date: 8/24/2021
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Pataphysical Essays

PATAPHYSICAL ESSAYS

By René Daumal. Translated by Thomas Vosteen.

WAKEFIELD PRESS

ISBN: 9780984115563
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Pub Date: 5/31/2012
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The Hierarchies of Cuckoldry and Bankruptcy

THE HIERARCHIES OF CUCKOLDRY AND BANKRUPTCY

By Charles Fourier. Translated by Geoffrey Longnecker.

WAKEFIELD PRESS

ISBN: 9780984115556
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Pub Date: 9/30/2011
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An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris

AN ATTEMPT AT EXHAUSTING A PLACE IN PARIS

By Georges Perec.

WAKEFIELD PRESS

ISBN: 9780984115525
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Pub Date: 9/30/2010
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The Perpetual Motion Machine

THE PERPETUAL MOTION MACHINE

By Paul Scheerbart.

WAKEFIELD PRESS

ISBN: 9780984115549
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Pub Date: 5/31/2011
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FORTHCOMING AND NEW: CRITICISM AND THEORY

Pirates and Farmers

PIRATES AND FARMERS

By Dave Hickey.

RIDINGHOUSE

ISBN: 9781905464722
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Pub Date: 9/1/2013
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Sense & Sensibility

SENSE & SENSIBILITY

ONOMATOPEE

ISBN: 9789491677854
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Pub Date: 3/9/2018
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We Are The Market!

WE ARE THE MARKET!

Edited with introduction by Freek Lomme, Josh Plough.

ONOMATOPEE

ISBN: 9789491677878
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Pub Date: 8/25/2018
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The Modern History of Italian Wine

THE MODERN HISTORY OF ITALIAN WINE

By Walter Filiputti.

SKIRA

ISBN: 9788857226231
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Pub Date: 9/13/2016
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Democracy

DEMOCRACY

Edited by Hanspeter Kriesi.

LARS MüLLER PUBLISHERS

ISBN: 9783037783962
USD $60.00
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Pub Date: 11/25/2013
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For Climate's Sake!

FOR CLIMATE'S SAKE!

Edited by Rene Swarzenbach.

LARS MüLLER PUBLISHERS

ISBN: 9783037782453
USD $65.00
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Pub Date: 10/25/2012
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Our World to Change!

OUR WORLD TO CHANGE!

Edited by Ruedi Baur.

LARS MüLLER PUBLISHERS

ISBN: 9783037785294
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Pub Date: 2/25/2017
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Jonas Mekas: Scrapbook of the Sixties

JONAS MEKAS: SCRAPBOOK OF THE SIXTIES

Edited by Anne König.

SPECTOR BOOKS

ISBN: 9783959050333
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Pub Date: 2/1/2015
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Some Styles of Masculinity

SOME STYLES OF MASCULINITY

By Gregg Bordowitz. Introduction by Hua Hsu.

TRIPLE CANOPY

ISBN: 9780997852455
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Pub Date: 10/26/2021
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Resource Hungry: Our Cultured Landscape and its Ecological Impact

RESOURCE HUNGRY: OUR CULTURED LANDSCAPE AND ITS ECOLOGICAL IMPACT

Edited with text by Jessica Morgan, Dorothea von Hantelmann.

WALTHER KöNIG, KöLN

ISBN: 9783960988991
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Pub Date: 7/20/2021
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Society in Crisis

SOCIETY IN CRISIS

Edited by Mattias Hessérus, Iain Martin.

BOKFöRLAGET STOLPE

ISBN: 9789189069930
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Pub Date: 9/28/2021
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Burning Images: A History of Effigy Protests

BURNING IMAGES: A HISTORY OF EFFIGY PROTESTS

By Florian Göttke.

VALIZ

ISBN: 9789492095961
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Pub Date: 9/28/2021
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