Visualising surfaces, surfacing vision : Introduction

Coleman, Rebecca and Oakley-Brown, Elizabeth Jaine (2017) Visualising surfaces, surfacing vision : Introduction. Theory, Culture and Society, 34 (7-8). pp. 5-27. ISSN 0263-2764

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In this Introduction to a special section on Visualising Surfaces, Surfacing Vision, we argue that to conceive vision in the contemporary world it is necessary to examine its embedding within, expression via and organisation on the surface. First, we review recent social and cultural theories to demonstrate how and why an attention to surfaces is salient today. Second, we consider how vision may be understood in terms of surfaces, discussing the emergence of the term ‘surface’, and its transhistorical relationship with vision. Third, we introduce the contributions to the special section, which cover written articles and artworks. We make connections between them, including their exploration of reflexivity and recursion, observation, objectivity and agency, ontology and epistemology, relationality, process, and two- and three-dimensionality. Fourth, we consider some implications of an understanding of visualising surfaces/surfacing vision.

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Theory, Culture and Society
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