oddhack + optics   1

digital | visual | cultural | visual/method/culture
New project from Gillian Rose and Sterling Mackinnon.

"That notion of visual culture as the visuality that dominates a particular place and time, structuring how it sees both itself and others, should always therefore be contextualised. In part this can be achieved by focussing on specific ‘ways of seeing’. John Berger’s elaboration of a ‘way of seeing’ points to the power dynamics embedded in specific forms of vision. It especially asks us to interrogate who is seeing what, where, and with what effects. Gillian Rose has argued that these questions must be at the heart of any critical visual methodology. And they have been elaborated by a range of critical scholars, not least among them Donna Haraway in her account of the ‘god trick’ of seeing everything from nowhere.

This moment of the profound digital mediation of images and ways of seeing thus gives rise to a range of pressing questions: What sorts of viewers are co-constituted with these complex re-formations of social relations and digital visualising technologies? How are all-too-familiar visions of class, race, gender and sexuality being reaffirmed? What new forms of human life (now perhaps better described as posthuman) are emerging? What does pleasure, fun and play look like? What forms of digital nonhuman life are also seeing, doing and being? What now might be an oppositional gaze, to use bell hooks’s term, and what does it see? And what critical theoretical tools are needed to proffer answers?"
visual_culture  waysofseeing  gillian_rose  optics  geography  theory  anthropocene  donna_haraway  methodology 
may 2018 by oddhack

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