Visual Cultures as Objects and Affects

Andrews, Jorella G., ed. 2013. Visual Cultures as Objects and Affects. Berlin: Sternberg Press. ISBN 9783943365382 [Edited Book]

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Co-authored book by Jorella Andrews and Simon O'Sullivan.

Largely due to the “linguistic turn” that has dominated the humanities since the mid-twentieth century, many contemporary scholars and artists habitually equate works of art with highly coded texts to be deciphered, deconstructed, or otherwise interpreted. Here, meaning, value, and impact have been fundamentally linked to art’s capacity to “speak,” to represent, to raise questions about representation, to convey a message, or articulate a concept. Much visual culture scholarship has tried to engage with art and the image-world outside of these logics.

Within this quest to consider art differently, Jorella Andrews and Simon O’Sullivan pay attention to the asignifying character of art, or simply its affective qualities. Drawing on the work of key thinkers (for O’Sullivan, the writings of Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, and Jean-François Lyotard) and turning to paradigmatic works of art (for Andrews, film and video pieces by Rosalind Nashashibi and Jayne Parker), they contextualize these art-related matters in relation to a significant recent rise in new thinking about objects, objectness, and objectivity within philosophy, critical theory, and ethics.

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Edited Book

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Visual Cultures as… series published by Sternberg Press:
Visual culture is a cross-disciplinary site of encounter for divergent perspectives, including competing attitudes toward the ethical status and ideological functioning of the visual itself. Each volume in this series investigates a single pertinent topic: two colleagues with shared interests—and differing points of view—examine their chosen subject in a particularized and probing manner. Within the format—two essays and a conversation—contents unfold in their own way with respect to their positions, polemics, and poetics. The series is edited by Jorella Andrews, professor in the Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Co-published with Goldsmiths, University of London.


visual culture scholarship, objects, objectness, objectivity, philosophy, critical theory, ethics

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Visual Cultures


September 2013

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09 Jan 2019 14:35

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11 Dec 2021 13:46


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