Book ID: CBB032025612

Visual Culture (2020)


Alexis L. Boylan (Author)

MIT Press

Publication Date: 2020
Physical Details: 248
Language: English

The visual surrounds us, some of it invited, most of it not. In this visual environment, everything we see—color, the moon, a skyscraper, a stop sign, a political poster, rising sea levels, a photograph of Kim Kardashian West—somehow becomes legible, normalized, accessible. How does this happen? How do we live and move in our visual environments? This volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series offers a guide for navigating the complexities of visual culture, outlining strategies for thinking about what it means to look and see—and what is at stake in doing so. Visual culture has always been inscribed by the dominant and by domination. This book suggests how we might weaponize the visual for positive, unifying change. Drawing on both historical and contemporary examples—from Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party and Beyoncé and Jay-Z at the Louvre to the first images of a black hole—Alexis Boylan considers how we engage with and are manipulated by what we see. She begins with what: what is visual culture, and what questions, ideas, and quandaries animate our approach to the visual? She continues with where: where are we allowed to see it, and where do we stand when we look? Then, who: whose bodies have been present or absent from visual culture, and who is allowed to see it? And, finally, when: is the visual detached from time? When do we see what we need to see?

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Authors & Contributors
Hentschel, Klaus
Maya Vinokour
Feldman, Hannah
Rachel Hill
Max Ryynänen
Talia Bess Shabtay
IA. The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology
Technology and Culture
Naturwissenschaftliche Rundschau
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
University of Chicago Press
Springer Nature
Marcial Pons
Northwestern University
University of Pennsylvania Press
Visual perception
Visual representation; visual communication
Senses and sensation; perception
Visual culture
Technology and culture
Visualization technology
Max Ryynänen
Neagle, John, 1796–1865
Newland, James William
Scheiner, Christoph
Kepler, Johannes
Aguilonius, Franciscus
Time Periods
19th century
Early modern
21st century
United States
Soviet Union
Great Britain
IMAX Filmed Entertainment
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)

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