IMAGO-Visual Cultures is thrilled to announce its 2023 research seminar 𝙏𝙚𝙡𝙚-𝙑𝙞𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨: 𝙏𝙚𝙘𝙝𝙣𝙤𝙡𝙤𝙜𝙞𝙚𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙐𝙗𝙞𝙦𝙪𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙑𝙞𝙨𝙪𝙖𝙡 𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙨 (𝟭𝟵𝙩𝙝—𝟮𝟭𝙨𝙩 𝙘𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙮) !
From February to April 2023, 𝗜𝗠𝗔𝗚𝗢-𝗖𝘂𝗹𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲𝘀 𝗩𝗶𝘀𝘂𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗲𝘀’ 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵 𝗴𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗽 𝘀𝗲𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗿 will address the influence of technologies of emission, transmission, and reception in the visual arts and cultures, from the 19th century to the present day. At the intersection of art history and visual studies, the history of science and technology, media archaeology and media theory, the seminar 𝙏𝙚𝙡𝙚-𝙑𝙞𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨: 𝙏𝙚𝙘𝙝𝙣𝙤𝙡𝙤𝙜𝙞𝙚𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙐𝙗𝙞𝙦𝙪𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙑𝙞𝙨𝙪𝙖𝙡 𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙨 (𝟭𝟵𝙩𝙝—𝟮𝟭𝙨𝙩 𝙘𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙮) aims at providing a forum for scholars dedicating their research to the long history of the relationship between images, visual arts, and remote viewing technologies.
Beyond the medium of television itself, IMAGO-Cultures Visuelles invites academics to investigate and reflect on the plurality of techniques of remote vision and image transmission which, from semaphores and wireless telegraphy, through optical fibers and up to contemporary computer network, have shaped the long history of the relationship between art and technology. By organizing a dialogue around these objects, the IMAGO association intends to facilitate a reflection on a set of artistic practices that are at grips with the “tele-visual” technologies of their time. Our speakers will question the joint evolution of the regimes of perception and the techniques of transmission and remote viewing, the modalities of the “prosthetic vision”, the material effects of the transmission of images and the spatiotemporal problems inherent to the dynamics of networks. These meetings will also be an opportunity to focus on the conditions of telecommunication as a form of creation that is resolutely collaborative and decentralized. Finally, it will provide the necessary historical basis for a more complete understanding of the current practices of net.art.
IMAGO – Cultures Visuelles is a research group gathering Ph.D. students, researchers, and professionals in the field of art history (18th-21st century) around the questions of visual cultures. It was created in 2017 within the “visual cultures” research axis of the HiCSA Laboratory of the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Labex CAP). Its mission is to address the relationship between art history and disciplines such as media studies, media archaeology, visual studies, and cultural studies. IMAGO provides a platform for interdisciplinary exchanges between academics and aims at disseminating the knowledge and the numerous questions raised by these new research fields, around an open and plural notion of “visual culture”.
Image credits: “Louvre’s telegraph in Paris with the alphabet of signs, engraving”, c. 1795, Museumsstiftung Post und Telekommunikation, Frankfurt.