'Futures of Images'

Valiaho, Pasi. 2014. 'Futures of Images'. Oxford Art Journal, 37(1), pp. 107-110. ISSN 0142-6540 [Article]

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Markos Hadjioannou's From Light to Byte and David Joselit's After Art are recent additions to the expansive body of literature that seek to account for changes in our current visual culture, which more or less directly relate to the advent of digital technologies of production and delivery. While Joselit's After Art takes a general look at the power of images within twenty-first-century capitalism and network culture, Hadjioannou's book seeks to develop our theoretical understanding of the ontology and ethics of one particular medium: cinema. After Art employs a broad notion of the (artistic) image so as to investigate and conceptualise the proliferation and connections of visual materials across technological platforms, whereas From Light to Byte is implicitly driven by a certain kind of desire for medium specificity, even if digital modes of image-making and processing have made the object(s) of this desire less and less easy to discern. Although stemming from quite different intellectual frameworks and problematisations, both books are concerned with the present ecology of images and its possible futures. Both, furthermore, acknowledge and stress the need of their disciplines – art history and film studies, respectively – to reconsider their key conceptualisations and approaches in the face of a rapidly changing visual world.

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09 Nov 2015 15:06

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