Visuality/Materiality: Reviewing Theory, Method and Practice; Royal Institute for British Architects, London, 9-11 July, 2009

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Plenary Speakers: Professor Elizabeth Edwards, Professor Paul Frosh,
Professor Jane Jacobs Confirmed Speakers Include: Sean Cubitt
(Melbourne); Mike Crang (Durham), Nirmal Puwar (Goldsmith’s); Marquard
Smith (Westminster); Jacquie Burgess (University of East Anglia); Prof
Mimi Sheller (Swarthmore), Ruth Panelli (UCL); Yoke-Sum Wong
(Lancaster); Craig Campbell (Alberta); Mathias Broth (Linkoping
University), Oskar Juhlin (Interactive Institute); Dean Sully (UCL);
Anne-Marie Fortier (Lancaster); Anne cronin (Lancaster); Tim Dant
(Lancaster); Teal Triggs (University of the Arts)

Visuality/Materiality attends to the relationship between the visual and
the material as a way of approaching both the meaning of visual and its
other aspects. The interrogation of image as sign, metaphor, and text
has long dominated the realm of visual theory and analysis.  But the
material role of visual praxis in everyday landscapes of seeing has been
an emergent area of visual research; visual design, urban visual
practice, visual grammars and vocabularies of domestic spaces, including
the formation and structuring of practices of living and political
being, are critical to 21st century grammars of living. The relationship
between Visuality/ Materiality here is about social meaning and
practice; where identity, power, space, and geometries of seeing are
approached here through a grounded approach to material technologies,
design and visual research, everyday embodied seeing, labour, ethics and
utility. This conference is aimed at providing a dialogic space where
the nature and role of a contemporary visual theory and practice can be
evaluated, in light of materiality, practice, the affective,
performativity; and where the methodological encounter informs our
intellectual critique. The organisers are keen to encourage
contributions based on research experience and practice into specific
aspects of visuality and visual critique including concern with:

*       What is the relationship between materiality and the visuality?

*       How do we develop new theoretical approaches to new visual
practices?

*       What can we learn from everyday visualities?

*       How can we approach ethical practices through visual practices?

*       How are theories of materiality, performance, embodiment
employed
in research on the visual?

REGISTRATION FORMS are at:
http://www.geography.dur.ac.uk/conf/visualitymateriality
<http://www.geography.dur.ac.uk/conf/visualitymateriality>

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