Images, Ethics, Technology

Images, Ethics, Technology

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Images, Ethics, Technology explores the changing ethical implications of images and the ways they are communicated and understood.

It emphasises how images change not only through their modes of representation, but through our relationship to them. In order to understand images, we must understand how they are produced, communicated, and displayed.

Each of the 14 essays chart the relationship to technology as part of a larger complex social and cultural matrix, highlighting how these relations constrain and enable notions of responsibility with respect to images and what they represent. They demonstrate that as technology develops and changes, the images themselves change, not just with respect to content, but in the very meanings and indices they produce.

This is a collection that not only asks: who speaks for the art? But also: who speaks for the witnesses, the cameras, the documented, the landscape, the institutional platforms, the taboos, those wishing to be forgotten, those being seen and the experience of viewing itself?

Images, Ethics, Technology is ideal for advanced level students and researchers in media and communications, visual culture and cultural studies.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 222 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 12.7mm | 342g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 52 Halftones, black and white; 52 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1138935158
  • 9781138935150

Table of contents


Relating Images

Sharrona Pearl

Section I: Authorizing Images

Introduction: Interrogating the Authority of the Image

Nora Draper

Technologies of Bystanding: Learning to See Like a Bystander

Carrie A. Rentschler

Professionalizing Police Media Work: Surveillance Video and the Forensic Sensibility

Kelly Gates

Collision in a Courtroom

Constance Penley

"Who speaks for the art?"

Larry Gross

Section II: Memorializing Images

Introduction: Residual/Visual: Images and their Specters

Kevin Gotkin

Facebook Photography and the Demise of Kodak and Polaroid

Marita Sturken

Forgiving without Forgetting: Contending with Digital Memory

Ira Wagman

Ambiguity, Cinema and the Digital Documentary Image

Roderick Coover

Section III: Embodying Images

Introduction: Subjectification as Embodiment; Subjectification is Embodiment

Alexandra Sastre and Nicholas Gilewicz

The Autonomy of the Eye: Neuro-politics and Population in Design and Cybernetics

Orit Halpern

Sensory Topographies of Wind and Power in Kansas

Lisa Cartwright and Steven Rubin

The Face as a Medium

Amit Pinchevski
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About Sharrona Pearl

Sharrona Pearl is Assistant Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. Her first book, About Faces: Physiognomy in Nineteenth-Century Britain, was published by Harvard University Press in 2010. She is currently working on a book entitled Face/On: Face Transplants and the Ethics of the Other.
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