TransVisuality: The Cultural Dimension of Visuality

BookTransVisuality: The Cultural Dimension of Visuality

TransVisuality: The Cultural Dimension of Visuality

Volume 2: Visual Organisations


July 27th, 2015



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In contemporary society, ‘the visual’ becomes a traversing denominator passing through the most diverse articulations: from new media, branding, drone vision and robot culture to cityscapes, design and art. The transvisuality project in three volumes promotes the turn away from the predominance of a focus on representations in studies of visual culture. Volume 2 introduces visual organisation in-the-making as an effect of manifold traversing articulations and interconnected practices: how is the ‘stuff’ of visuality—an image like a photograph, an incident on TV, a cinematic oeuvre—intertwined in a range of cultural practices, transformed and transgressed by them in transvisuality. The aim of the book is to map how visual organizations are traversing culture as articulatory practices in situ. The resulting case studies take their departure in different materialities and agencies of empirical, embedded visuality—from canvas to drone camera—and illustrate how transvisuality evolves in and around publics and communities on the one hand and through bodies and media on the other. The visual articulations analysed in this volume span from cellphone videos to forensic images, from biomedia to robots, from bunker ruins to Kalighat pat paintings, from a Palestinian wedding dress to video footage of unknown strangers in a metro, from the Gorgon Stare to movies becoming art installations. While the first volume addresses the boundaries of the notion of visuality and creative openings that visual culture studies offer, the third volume maps visuality in contexts of design, creativity and brand management.

Contributors: Marie-Luise Angerer, Gunhild Borggreen, Fiona Cameron, Rafael Cardoso, Leora Farber, Asbjørn Grønstad, Tore Kristensen, Eric Louw, Anders Michelsen, Lila Lee-Morrison, Sarah Mengler, Khaled Ramadan, Sambudha Sen, Karl Erik Schøllhammer, Bodil Marie Stavning Thomsen, Kassandra Wellendorf, Frauke Wiegand.

Author Information

Tore Kristensen is Professor of Strategic Design at Copenhagen Business School. Anders Michelsen is Associate Professor of Visual Culture at the University of Copenhagen. Frauke Wiegand is PhD fellow in Visual Culture at the University of Copenhagen.

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
Part I. Publics and communities
1. Rafael Cardoso - Flesh and the Beholder: Towards a Phenomenology of Digital Viewing
2. Sambudha Sen - Re-Visioning the Colonial City: Autonomous Spaces, Stereotypes and the Aesthetics of Intermixtures in Kaliprasanna Sinha’s Hutom Pyanchar Noksha
3. Fiona Cameron & Sarah Mengler - Transvisuality, Geopolitics and Cultural Heritage in Global Flows: the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and the Death of the Virtual Terrorist.
4. Leora Farber - Beyond Self vs. Other. The Other-as-Stranger-Within as Imaged in the Who is Pinky Pinky Series
5. Karl Erik Schøllhammer - Forensic Strategies Against the Traumatic Condition of Culture. Exposure of Wounded Bodies in Brazilian Media and Art
6. Eric Louw – Visualized Politics
7. Khaled Ramadan - Our History and Their Archive. The Substantive Visual Aesthetics of Al Jazeera and its Impact on the Arab World
Part II. Bodies and media
8. Marie-Luise Angerer - From Vision To Motion. Image, Affect, Bio-Media
9. Frauke Wiegand - Concrete Memories: The In/Visibility of Bunker Ruins
10. Bodil Marie Stavning Thomsen - Interface Screenings. Integrations of the Body According to New Diagrams for Visual Mapping
11. Gunhild Borggreen - Robot Bodies. Visual Transfer of the Technological Uncanny
12. Asbjørn Grønstad - Enfolded by Cinema: The Transvisual Gaze in Tsai Ming-liang's Visage.
13. Lila Lee-Morrison - Drone Warfare. Visual Primacy as a Weapon
14. Kassandra Wellendorf - Elastic Looking and Negotiations of Invisibility in Public Spaces