George E. Marcus is Chancellor’s Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. He was previously chair of anthropology at Rice University for twenty-five years, where he founded the journal Cultural Anthropology (1986), coedited, with James Clifford, Writing Culture: The Poetics and Politics of Ethnography (1986), coauthored, with Michael Fischer, Anthropology as Cultural Critique: An Experimental Moment in the Human Sciences (1986), and conceived and directed the Late Editions series published by the University of Chicago Press through the decade of the fin de siècle. At UCI he founded and continues to direct (since 2006) the Center for Ethnography.
Personal design of one’s emplacement in the world has been a luxury of elite as well as achieved middle-class privilege and wealth. Such enclosure leaks especially on its visual horizons and is explored by mimetic relation to difference, defining eccentricities and contradictions observed in elite, and other, lives. Luxury enclosure of elites suggests related problems on the horizons of the mass distribution and experience of immersive technologies.