Interview with Victor Burgin

Cubitt, Sean and Bishop, Ryan. 2013. Interview with Victor Burgin. Theory Culture and Society, 30(7-8), pp. 199-219. ISSN 0263-2764 [Article]

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Using a number of his recent site-specific installations, conceptual artist and theorist Victor Burgin discusses the status and future of the camera from photography to moving image to computer-generated virtual works that combine both still and moving images. In the process he modifies Bazin’s question ‘What is cinema?’ to ask ‘What is a camera?’ These works extend and develop Burgin’s long-standing interest in the relationship of aesthetics and politics as rendered through visualization technologies, especially as it pertains to space. Burgin’s discussion constructs a genealogy of seeing, visualizing and image-making as technologically-determined and crafted. The ideology of vision and the ideological artefacts produced by and through visual technologies from perspectival painting to analog photography to computer imaging constitute, in Burgin’s argument, ‘the ideological chora of our spectacular global village’.

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies



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19 Oct 2015 08:52

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