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1st Edition

Images, Objects and Practices

ISBN 9781409412229
Published April 20, 2012 by Routledge
210 Pages

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Book Description

Two of the key theoretical shifts over the past two decades of critical work have been the 'visual turn' and the 'material turn'. This book argues that these hitherto distinct fields should be understood as in continual dialogue and co-constitution and focuses on reconceptualising the visual as an embodied, material, and often politically-charged realm. This edited volume elaborates this conceptual argument through a series of contemporary case studies, drawn from the disciplines of Architecture, Sociology, Media Studies, Geography and Cultural Studies. The case studies included are paired around four themes: consumption, translation, practice and ethics. As well as exploring the bringing together of visuality and materiality studies, the contributors raise questions of social identity and social critique, and also focus on the ethics of material visualities.

Table of Contents

Contents: Visuality/materiality: introducing a manifesto for practice, Gillian Rose and Divya P. Tolia-Kelly; Metallic modernities in the space age: visualizing the Caribbean, materializing the modern, Mimi Sheller; Visuality, 'China commodity city', and the force of things, Mark Jackson; Tristes entropique: steel, ships and time images for late modernity, Mike Crang; Citizen and denizen space: if walls could speak, Nirmal Puwar; Seeing air, Caren Yglesias; Intra-actions in Loweswater, Cumbria: new collectives, blue-green algae and the visualisation of invisible presences through sound and science, Judith Tsouvalis, Claire Waterton and Ian J. Winfield; Materialising vision: performing a high-rise view, Jane M. Jacobs, Stephen Cairns and Ignaz Strebel; Melancholic memorialisation: the ethical demands of grievable lives, Karen Wells; Indifferent looks: visual inattention and the composition of strangers, Paul Frosh; Index.

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Professor Gillian Rose is at the Geography Department, The Open University, UK and Divya P. Tolia-Kelly is at the Department of Geography, University of Durham, UK


'This is a most welcome and stimulating volume which extends our thinking on both materiality and visuality. It does so by addressing the processual qualities of the co-constitution of these categories through a series of eclectic essays - on walls, steel, algae and windows - explored through concepts such as time, inattention, ethics and security. It productively extends the debate empirically, methodologically and theoretically and brings into question the very categories of visuality and materiality and the ways in which they might be reformulated.' Elizabeth Edwards, De Montfort University, UK 'Richly researched and wide ranging, this compelling volume reveals the visual world as a matter of experience and imagination, physical substance and cultural concern. Focusing on a remarkable variety of sites and materials, from windows and walls to aluminium and algae, in a range of geographical settings, contributors deploy a diversity of scholarly perspectives to explore the fabric of visuality in sometimes unexpected places.' Stephen Daniels, University of Nottingham, UK