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By Lutz Koepnick

In Framing Attention, Lutz Koepnick explores varied strategies of the window―in either a literal and a figurative sense―as manifested in quite a few visible types in German tradition from the 19th century to the current. He bargains a brand new interpretation of the way evolving methods of seeing have characterised and outlined modernity.

Koepnick examines the position and illustration of window frames in glossy German culture―in portray, images, structure, and literature, at the degree and in public transportation platforms, at the movie reveal and on tv. He offers such frames as interfaces that negotiate competing visions of prior and current, physique and group, attentiveness and distraction. From Adolph Menzel's window work of the 1840s to Nam June Paik's experiments with tv displays, from Richard Wagner's retooling of the proscenium level to Adolf Hitler's use of a window as a method of political self-promotion, Framing Attention bargains a theoretically incisive knowing of the way home windows form and reframe the way in which we see the realm round us and our position inside it.

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They may have entertained illusions of scopic control, but they could no longer shroud what Alberti’s veil had removed from sight: the constitutive opacity and temporality of every act of looking. Schopenhauer had already left Berlin and moved on to Frankfurt by the time Menzel launched his own career as an illustrator in the second half of the 1830s. Given the delayed history of Schopenhauer’s reception in Germany, it is quite unlikely that Menzel would have laid eyes on Schopenhauer’s principal work, the two volumes of The World as Will and Representation, before very late in life.

Instead, the painting’s modernity lies in the fact that it seeks to picture the very process by which pictures come into being. Menzel’s Balcony Room captures a new universe of subjective seeing in which the body of the observer produces phenomena that may not have any necessary correlates in the external world. To look at Menzel’s room is to look directly into the painter’s eye—and to realize that Alberti’s notion of the veil 37 Framing Attention and open window loses its former meaning. Menzel’s window does not provide a mechanism that, by separating interior and exterior spaces of perception, provides the precondition for ordering the visual field.

Or, perhaps more accurately, we 36 Menzel’s Rear Window might want to see these shadows as an inversion of Alberti’s grid, transforming the veil from a mechanism projecting grids onto the world into a screen onto which the exterior world now projects its own lines, shapes, and foreshortenings. But on closer inspection, neither of these readings seems to live up to what we really see here. For unlike Alberti’s veil, Menzel’s curtain is far from interposing an operative picture plane between the apex and the base of a visual field, whether we locate the apex of this field’s cone on this or the other side of the open balcony door.

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