Season 3 October 20-30th 2011

Nicholas Mirzoeff

Media theorist  |  United States

Nicholas Mirzoeff is Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. His research is in the general field of visual culture. In the past few years, he has concentrated in different areas. He is interested in a decolonial genealogy of “visuality”, a key term of art for the field, which owes its existence to the practice of Naopleonic-era generals in visualizing a battlefield that they could not see. Visuality imagined the social as war and was opposed to all emancipations and liberations. Visual culture is, therefore, against visuality. His book The Right to Look : A Counterhistory of Visuality is forthcoming with Duke University Press in 2011. He also works on texts for general academic use in the field, such as An Introduction to Visual Culture (2nd ed. 2009) and The Visual Culture Reader (3rd ed. forthcoming 2012). Moreover, he works extensively with contemporary artists, most recently with Carl Pope and Jeremy Deller. He is a contributing editor for the online project Media Commons and a co PI with the Melllon-funded Alliance for Networking Visual Culture, which is developing “Scalar”, a multi-media born-digital authoring software, Finally, he is currently working on a project on the visual culture of climate change in conjunction with the not-for-profit Islands First.

Nicholas Mirzoeff will participate in:
« The Need to See and the Will not to Know — How we deal with catastrophes », discussion, Friday, October 28th, NYU Cantor Film Center (theater 101).

“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”  Isaac Newton