W010
Looking, seeing and being seen: connecting and controlling through visual representation

Convenors:
Thomas Fillitz (University of Vienna)
Helena Wulff (Stockholm University)
Stream:
Workshops
Location:
32 and 233
Start time:
27 August, 2008 at 9:00
Session slots:
4

Short abstract:

Focussing on visual representations, our take is two-directional in that we focus on ways of seeing, but also of being seen, which might entail being controlled by a gaze. We would like to invite papers in three thematic areas: seeing and being seen, visual representations, global art.

Long abstract:

Visual representations impact on everyday life and are distributed in various ways around the globe. Confronted with diverse forms of visual representation, this workshop will scrutinise the relationships of the different gazes that are connected via images, pictures, objects and other visual signs. Our take is two-directional in that we not only focus on ways of seeing, but also importantly of being seen, that is looked at, which might entail being controlled by a gaze. However, the gaze may also be returned. To this end, we would like to invite papers in three thematic areas: 1. Seeing and being seen: examples of visual systems are visual signs guiding travellers through airports, pedestrians through a city, but also control technology such as CCTV, as well as biometric passports. One aspect of visual systems is the potential to produce new differences between people. 2. Visual representations: what images are people creating in order to represent themselves? What images (logos are but one example) are being created and/or appropriated by those in power to represent institutions (nation-states, political parties, corporations, etc.)? 3. Global art, many modernities? There is, on one hand, the idea of one global art world quite similar to the idea of one world culture. The proliferation of art biennales supports this perspective. On the other hand, there is a growing claim that contemporary art expression is multifaceted. How is art across the globe connected and controlled through gazes?