Visual Cultures as World Forming

Andrews, Jorella G., ed. 2024. Visual Cultures as World Forming. London: Sternberg Press. ISBN 9783956795374 [Edited Book]

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Book co-authored by Adnan Madani and Jean-Paul Martinon

How the world—and the world of visual culture in particular—creates itself in a creative act that knows no economic return.

How does the world form itself? How does it create itself as a world? And how do we understand the role of the visual in this regard? Most responses to these questions within cultural theory and visual culture refer to the rise of globalization, thus highlighting the acceleration of exchanges, the proliferation of information and communication devices, and the multiplication of globally circulated goods and images that characterize the world we live in. Visual Cultures as World Forming takes a different approach by focusing on the taking place of the world, a creative act that knows no economic return.

This taking place does not lead to more proliferation of goods, additional financial exchanges, further communications, or an increase in the distribution of visual material, but leads to the continued “worlding” of the world. This approach is predominantly, but not exclusively, inspired by the work of Jean-Luc Nancy. Through a reading of his work and of some of his contemporaries both inside and outside of the Western canon, Madani and Martinon attempt to expose how the world—and the world of visual culture in particular—creates itself and the ways in which each one of us is embodying this creation without economy.

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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.

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Visual Cultures


1 April 2024

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11 Dec 2021 16:04

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10 May 2024 11:49


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