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Visualising surfaces, surfacing vision: Introduction

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>12/2017
<mark>Journal</mark>Theory, Culture and Society
Issue number7-8
Volume34
Number of pages23
Pages (from-to)5-27
StatePublished
Early online date19/11/17
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

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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The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Theory, Culture and Society, 34 (7-8), 2017, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2017 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Theory, Culture and Society page: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/TCS on SAGE Journals Online: http://journals.sagepub.com/