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[Commlist] cfp: Eleventh International Conference of the Image: Visual Pedagogies: Encounter, Place, Ecologies and Design
Tue Sep 03 18:22:12 GMT 2019
2020 Call for Proposals for Eleventh International Conference of the
Image: Visual Pedagogies: Encounter, Place, Ecologies and Design.
University of New South Wales, Sidney, Australia. 9-10 september 2020.
The Image research Network. Common Ground Research Networks
We are inviting proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive
sessions, posters/exhibits, virtual lightning talks, virtual posters, or
colloquia addressing for the *Eleventh International Conference on the
Image, in University of New South Wales, Sidney, Australia. 9-10
september 2020. **Conference *will feature plenary sessions by some of
the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field.
You can see all the information and submit your proposals here
_The Defining Image_
/The foundations of our species being, and the narratives of species
history are marked by imagery—the parietal, megalithic art and body art
of first peoples, the iconography and symbology of religions, the
graphic-representational roots of writing. /
We are, uniquely in natural history, the symbolic species. And within
our peculiar species history, the development of capacities to create
images parallel speaking and precede writing.
Since the beginnings of modernity, however, we have increasingly focused
our attention on language as our species-defining characteristic. After
half a millennium where the power and prestige of language has held
sway, we may be in the cusp of a return of the visual, or at least a
multimodality in which image and text are deeply inveigled in each
other’s meanings. This can in part be attributed to the affordances of
the new communications environment. As early as the mid twentieth
century, photolithography put image and text conveniently back onto the
same page. Then, since the mid 1970s, digitized communications have
brought image, text and sound together into the same manufacturing
processes and transmission media.
_The Image of Transformation: Properties of Consequence_
/The image has several key properties, of interest to the participants
in this research network. /
The first is its empirical connection with the world–telling something
of the world, reflecting the world. It re-presents the world. How does
it do this? What are its techniques? What are its mediations? What kinds
of ‘truth’ can we have in images?
A second property of consequence — the image has a normative loading. No
image can ever solely be a reflection on the world. It is also a
perspective on the world, an orientation to the world. This is because
it is the incidental outcome of an act of design. It is the product of
an act of human agency. An interested image-maker takes available
resources for meaning (visual grammars, fabrication techniques and focal
points of attention), undertakes an act of designing (the process of
image-making), and in so doing re-images the world in a way that it has
never quite been seen before. The human agent is central.
To the extent that no two conjunctions of human life experience are ever
precisely the same, interests and perspectives in imaging are infinitely
varied. In fact, across the dimensions of material conditions (social
class, locale, family); corporeal attributes (age, race, sex, sexual
orientation, and physical and mental abilities); and symbolic
differences (culture, language, gender, affinity and persona) variations
in perspective are frequently paramount, the focal purpose or implicit
agenda of the imaging agent.
For viewers, too, every image is seen through available cultural and
technical resources for viewing, seen in a way particular to their
interest and perspective. The act of viewing transforms both the image
and its world. From a normative perspective then, how do interest,
intention, motivation, perspective, subjectivity and identity intertwine
themselves in the business of image-making? And what is the role of the
viewer in reframing and revisualizing the image?
And a third property of consequence — the image is transformational. Its
potentials are utopian. We see (the empirical). We visualize (the
normative). We imagine (the utopian). There is a more-than-fortuitous
etymological connection between ‘image’ and ‘imagination’. Images can be
willed. Images speak not just of the world, but to the world. They can
speak to hopes and aspirations. The world reseen is the world
transformed. What’s in the imagination for now, can become an agenda for
practice and politics tomorrow. Imagination is the representation of
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