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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

Centre for Visual Arts and Culture Public Lecture: Professor Lisa Cartwright 'Constructions of Knowledge: Photography and the Matter of Sensory Evidence: The Kansas Wind and Power Project'

27th October 2015, 17:00, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidans College, Durham University

What is the current potential of photography as a tool for reflexively engaging with sensory evidence? A historical sensory field study of the transformation from grain to wind farming conducted in the North American grain belt between 2009 and 2014 by Lisa Cartwright and photographer Steven Rubin is the basis for this investigation of what constitutes sensory evidence and how research-based art practice may inform the interdisciplinary field of visual and historical cultural studies.

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Lisa Cartwright is Professor of Visual Arts with additional appointments in the Department of Communication, the graduate Science Studies Program, and the program in Critical Gender Studies at the University of California, San Diego. She is the author of the books Screening the Body: Tracing Medicine’s Visual Culture, Moral Spectatorship and, with Marita Sturken, Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture. Her recent essays take up feminist visual science studies, the landscape photography of Catherine Opie, media archaeology of camera technology, and the visual culture of viral epidemics in the 20th century. Cartwright directs the Catalyst Lab, an initiative that supports collaborations across art, science and technology with emphases in feminist and critical theory and in experimental documentary practice. The lab is home to the online journal Catalyst: Feminism, Theory and Technoscience and supports collaboration with the FemTechNet, a international network of feminist scholars, artists, and teachers of technology, science, feminism, and digital media. 

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