1st Edition

The Evolution of the Image Political Action and the Digital Self

Edited By Marco Bohr, Basia Sliwinska Copyright 2018
    168 Pages
    by Routledge

    168 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume addresses the evolution of the visual in digital communities, offering a multidisciplinary discussion of the ways in which images are circulated in digital communities, the meanings that are attached to them and the implications they have for notions of identity, memory, gender, cultural belonging and political action. Contributors focus on the political efficacy of the image in digital communities, as well as the representation of the digital self in order to offer a fresh perspective on the role of digital images in the creation and promotion of new forms of resistance, agency and identity within visual cultures.


    (Marco Bohr and Basia Sliwinska)

    1. Camera Phones and Mobile Intimacies

    (David Bate)

    2. Creepshots and Power: Covert Sexualised Photography, Online Communities and the Maintenance of Gender Inequality

    (Anne Burns)

    3. Interview with Rasha Kahil

    4. Imagening discontent: Political images and civic protest

    (Edgar Gómez Cruz and Gemma San Cornelio)

    5. Mobile places and the ‘cyborg body’. Feminine embodied net-community of #CzarnyProtest/ #blackprotest.

    (Basia Sliwinska)

    6. Appearance Unbound: Articulations of Co-Presence in #BlackLivesMatter

    (Nicholas Mirzoeff)

    7. Photography, Politics and Digital Networks in a ‘Post-Truth’ Era

    (Marco Bohr)

    8. Posthuman Photography

    (Daniel Rubinstein)

    9. Smart (Phone) Filmmakers >> Smart (Political) Actions

    (Max Schleser)

    10. Am I Seen?: The Reciprocal Nature of Identity as Technology

    (Leo Selvaggio)

    11. The Future Evolution of the Image

    (Ingrid Hoelzl and Remi Ramie)


    Marco Bohr is the Postgraduate Programme Director for the Arts at Loughborough University, UK. Marco has contributed to a number of edited volumes such as The Contemporary Visual Studies Reader, Frontiers of Screen History, On Perfection and Films on Ice: Cinemas of the Arctic, as well as the book series Directory of World Cinema and the book series World Film Locations.

    Basia Sliwinska is a Senior Lecturer in Cultural and Historical Studies at the University of the Arts London, UK. Her research is situated within feminist art history and critical theory and focuses on concepts of the body, activism, gender and citizenship within contemporary women’s art practice. Recent publications include: the book The Female Body in the Looking-Glass: Contemporary Art, Aesthetics and Genderland (I.B. Tauris, 2016); the co-edited (with Dr Marco Bohr) chapter ‘Edge Effect: New Image Formations and Politics of Identity’ (in Mediated Intimacies, Routledge, 2017); and the co-edited special issue of Third Text: ‘Trans-figurations: Transnational Perspectives on Domestic Spaces’ (2016).