This forward-thinking collection brings together over sixty essays that invoke images to summon, interpret, and argue with visual studies and its neighboring fields such as art history, media studies, visual anthropology, critical theory, cultural studies, and aesthetics. The product of a multi-year collaboration between graduate students from around the world, spearheaded by James Elkins, this one-of-a-kind anthology is a truly international, interdisciplinary point of entry into cutting-edge visual studies research. The book is fluid in relation to disciplines; it is frequently inventive in relation to guiding theories; it is unpredictable in its allegiance and interest in the past of the discipline—reflecting the ongoing growth of visual studies.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments James Elkins. How to Use This Book James Elkins. An Introduction to the Visual Studies that is Not in This Book James Elkins. A Short Introduction to Our Failures Kristi McGuire. An Introduction to the Visual as Argument James Elkins. 1. Airborne Horses Mike Gibisser 2. Anaesthetics Kristi McGuire 3. Animal Michelle Lindenblatt 4. Animations Nea Ehrlich 5. Arial Arden Stern 6. Ars Oblivionalis Thomas Stubblefield 7. Artifact Lucian Gomoll 8. Augmented Reality Horea Avram 9. Breathing Vivian Li 10. Collecting Josephine Landback 11. Decolonial Lara Haworth and Nicole Cormaci 12. Diaspora W. Ian Bourland 13. Double-Consciousness Cara Caddoo 14. Eleventh Prismatic Samantha Topol 15. Ephemeral Cecilia Aldarondo 16. Experimental Geography Andrew Wasserman 17. Fetish Johannes Bruder 18. Filiation Simon Ferdinando 19. Frame R. E. H. Gordon 20. Iconoclash Julia Sonnevend 21. Imaginary W. Keith Brown 22. Imaginary Twin Kristi McGuire 23. Intertitles Jana Žilová 24. Invisibility Maureen Burns 25. Leviathan Vera Chiquet 26. LTTR Rebecca Vreeland 27. Masquerade Meghan Chandler 28. Metadata Elizabeth Stainforth and David Thom 29. Metaphors Marco Bohr 30. Mimicry Jessica L. Horton 31. Monstrative Katrina Kuntz 32. Monuments Jess Park 33. Nests Marta Jecu 34. Nets Pirkko Rathgeber 35. Non-Place Joel Kuennen 36. Objectivity Andrea Korda 37. Obscenity Josh Guilford 38. Observing Julia Marsh 39. Ordinary Katherine Lennard 40. Palimpsest Elise Haddad 41. Parafiction Faye Gleisser 42. Performance Arantxa Echarte 43. Performativity Margaret Ellen Di Guilio 44. Politics Manuel Ramos 45. The Portrait's Look Jules Sturm 46. Queer Futures Álvaro Luís Lima 47. Redaction Katherine Lennard 48. Regimes Amari Peliowski 49. Responsivity Iris Laner 50. Sartorientalism Jaimee K. Comstock-Skipp 51. Self-Perception Tenley Bick 52. Sexualized Andrew Salgado 53. Street Art Peter Bengtsen 54. Surface Alicia Chester 55. Syntagm Joel Kuennen 56. Temples Jaimee K. Comstock-Skipp 57. Terror Charlotte Grievson 58. Trauma Margaret Ellen Di Giulio 59. Visible Woman Meredith Kooi 60. Visualism Matthew Francis Rarey 61. White Maureen Burns
James Elkins teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Kristi McGuire is a writer, editor, and independent curator of printed matter currently based in Chicago. She holds an MA in visual and critical studies and an MFA in studio art, with an emphasis in writing, from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MA in the humanities from the University of Chicago.
Maureen Burns is a writer, editor, and arts consultant, currently living in Chicago. She received her MA in visual and critical studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010.
Alicia Chester is a Chicago-based artist and writer. She completed her MA in visual and critical studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010.
Joel Kuennen is an editor at ArtSlant.com and an arts writer living in Chicago. He received his MA in visual and critical studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010.