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Technicities of Deception: Dazzle Camouflage, Avant-Gardes, and Sensory Augmentation in the First World War

Abstract

‚ÄčThis essay identifies a new form of technicity that emerged in the First World War, in which enhancement and distortion effects generated by sensory augmentation technologies could be manipulated for strategic purposes, by a variety of cultural agents. It argues that dazzle camouflage, a technology developed by the British Admiralty in 1917 to delay and confuse attacking U-boats, exemplifies this mediation of everyday life both on and off the battle fronts. Focusing on the London Vorticists, but also drawing on Futurist precedents, the essay explores how avant-gardes articulated the impact that technicities of augmentation had on modern selfhood.

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White, E

Oxford Brookes departments

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences\Department of English and Modern Languages

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Year of publication: 2017
Date of RADAR deposit: 2017-02-10


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