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Visual Studies

 
 
Philippe Despoix - KBW - La bibliothèque Warburg, laboratoire de pensée intermédiale
2023
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Perceptions
forthcoming
The challenges of the library and the photographic collection founded by Aby Warburg in the 1920s, as a "laboratory" for collective research on the forms of transmission of images since Antiquity, and an intermedial device of knowledge. An exceptional case study, driven by the question: what was the impact of photography in Warburg's turning point in the history of art and culture?
Georges Didi-Huberman - Movements of Air - The Photographs from Étienne-Jules Marey’s Wind Tunnels
2022
English edition
Diaphanes - Misceallenous
forthcoming
The book "Movements of Air" reprints the breathtaking pictures of Étienne-Jules Marey, that he took between 1899 and 1901 during his scientific experiments with moving air and smoke, and complements them with two essays of Georges Didi-Huberman and Laurent Mannoni. 
Holger Trülzsch - Body of Work - Behind the Appearances
2022
English edition
Edition Patrick Frey
forthcoming
Combining archive material with a wide selection of photographs of body paintings produced by the duo in the 1970-1980s, this publication retraces the evolution of gender identities and the treatment of the female body in visual culture from the 1950s to the present.
Antonio Somaini - Culture visuelle - Images, regards, médias, dispositifs
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Perceptions
forthcoming
A comprehensive survey of visual studies and visual culture, from its origins in art history to the current perspectives opened by new technologies, virtual reality and artificial intelligence.
Horst Bredekamp - Les fenêtres de la monade - Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz – Art et théâtre de la nature
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Philosophy / politics – Miscellaneous
forthcoming
Art historian and philosopher Horst Bredekamp reveals the importance of visual analysis and the central role of images in the development of the philosophical thought of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716). Relying mainly on the Leibnizian concept of the monad and on the Theater of Nature and Art, elaborated by the German philosopher and scientist from 1671 until his death, Bredekamp places Leibniz as a precursor of the theory of the image.
Giorgia Aiello - Communication, espace, image
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – ArTeC
A critical approach to visual communication and contemporary globalist aesthetics.
Lara Bonneau - Lire l\'œuvre d\'Aby Warburg à la lumière de ses Fragments sur l\'expression
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Art History – Œuvres en sociétés
An essay to account for the architectonics of Aby Warburg (1866-1929) by resituating his work within his project of general anthropology of expression: Lara Bonneau shows, from a text as little known as it is important, that the invention of iconology, which made the art historian famous, was underpinned by an ontology drawing on various sources, philosophical, psychological and biological as well as historical.
Les Carnets du BAL - L\'image sans l\'homme
2022
French edition
Les Carnets du BAL
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Perceptions
The non-human images, challenging our own relationship to the world.
Wolfgang Scheppe - Taxonomy of The Barricade - Image Acts of Political Authority in Paris, May 1968
2021
English edition
Nero
An iconographic taxonomy—researched, conceived, and ideated by Wolfgang Scheppe, also author of the book's final essay—that traces the state and police visual control through almost 500 images from the May 1968 police archives in Paris.
Le phototexte engagé - Une culture visuelle du militantisme au XXe siècle
2021
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Misceallenous
An original multidisciplinary study of the text-image pair in its political dimension, from the militancy of the early twentieth century to the struggles for "visibility" of minorities.
Ayesha Hameed - Visual Cultures as Time Travel
2021
English edition
Sternberg Press - Visual Cultures as…
Visual Cultures as Time Travel proposes a notion of time travel in the aftermath of transatlantic slavery and in the moment of mass illegalized migration, of wildfires and floods, of lost and co-opted futures.
Thibault Boulvain - L\'art en sida - 1981-1997
2021
French edition
Les presses du réel – Art History – Œuvres en sociétés
A study of representations of HIV and AIDS in American and European art, that opens up a vast political, economic and social history of two decades fatally haunted by the catastrophe.
Vladislav Shapovalov - Image Diplomacy
2021
English edition
Mousse - Mousse Publishing (books)
An artistic research on the political construction of representations of socialist and capitalist modernity during the Cold War, through a history of exhibitions.
Colloque Vues & Données - De la prise de vue à l\'épreuve de la donnée comme histoire matérielle de l\'image
2021
French edition
ENSP Arles (National School of Photography)
A history of the concept of data.
Pierre Leguillon - The Museum of Mistakes
2020
English edition
Edition Patrick Frey
First monograph dedicated to Pierre Leguillon's Museum of Mistakes: a traveling exhibition gathering a collection of mass culture artifacts and craft objects, questioning with humor and subversivity the mechanisms of today's visual culture.
Puissance du végétal et cinéma animiste - La vitalité révélée par la technique
2020
French edition
Les presses du réel – Cinema & video art
A collective and transdisciplinary study of the representation of plants and their powers to reflect on the question of animation, cinema, photography and, more broadly, image, in the Anthropocene era and in the context of the "vegetal turn" at work in the human sciences as well as in contemporary art.
Gernot Böhme - Aisthétique - Pour une esthétique de l\'expérience sensible
2020
French edition
Les presses du réel – Philosophy / politics – Perceptions
A science of sensitive experience prolonged by a theory of atmospheres, at the origins of philosophical aesthetics.
After the Crisis - Contemporary States of Photography
2019
English edition
Diaphanes - Misceallenous
A platform for discussions between some of today's leading artists, writers, theorists, curators, and historians aimed at questioning the very status of photography today.
Après la crise - États contemporains de la photographie
2019
French edition
Diaphanes - Misceallenous
A platform for discussions between some of today's leading artists, writers, theorists, curators, and historians aimed at questioning the very status of photography today.
Colloque Actes & Images - Acte et performance comme pratiques contemporaines de l\'image et de l\'œuvre
2019
French edition
ENSP Arles (National School of Photography)
An history of the artwork and the image first apprehended as an act and a process.
Jacques Rancière - Le travail des images - Conversations avec Andrea Soto Calderón
2019
French edition
Les presses du réel – Philosophy / politics – Perceptions
A conversation, accompanied by an introduction by Andrea Soto Calderón, to better understand the crucial role that images occupy in Jacques Rancière's work, and how images are the site of imaginative and reconfiguring operations.
Cécile Fromont - L\'Art de la conversion - Culture visuelle chrétienne dans le royaume du Kongo
2018
French edition
Les presses du réel – Art History – Œuvres en sociétés
An an extensive analysis of the advent of Christian visual culture in the Kingdom of Kongo and its and development across four centuries.
Peter Geimer - Images par accident - Une histoire des surgissements photographiques
2018
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Perceptions
A history of photography through its accidents.
The Invisible Seminar
2017
English edition
Errant Bodies - Anthologies
This publication is the first outcome of an ongoing series of seminars at the Bergen University of Fine Arts, developping critical and creative perspectives on invisible practices. These essays and works seek to investigate the operations of visibility by highlighting the unseen, the camouflaged, the immaterial and the erased as particular aesthetic strategies, and to reflect on the possible outcomes of such strategies on the socio-political realm.
T. J. Demos - Against the Anthropocene - Visual Culture and Environment Today
2017
English edition
Sternberg Press - History, Criticism and Theory
Addressing the current upswing of attention in the sciences, arts, and humanities to the proposal that we are in a human-driven epoch called the Anthropocene, T. J. Demos critically surveys that thesis and points to its limitations, trough a series of cases study taken from contemporary visual culture.
Rwanda, 1994-2014 - Histoire, mémoires et récits
2017
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Misceallenous
A transdisciplinary study on the Tutsi genocide, tackling various issues related to the writing and the transmission of the genocide's history, to its political and judicial dimensions, and to its media and artistic representations.
Jean-Philippe Antoine - Farces et Attrapes - Inventer les images
2017
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Misceallenous
MAMCO - Historical essays & contemporary archives
A collection of essays focusing on the notions of invention and image in art.
Penser l\'image - Volume 3 – Comment lire les images ?
2017
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Perceptions
Different perspectives (art history, philosophy, photography, film, architecture, history of science...) on the heterogeneous forms the discourse of pictures can take (an anthology).
Jussi Parikka - The Contemporary Condition - A Slow, Contemporary Violence – Damaged Environments of Technological Culture
2017
English edition
Sternberg Press - The Contemporary Condition
Finnish media theorist discusses slow violence & environmental crisis through the prism of art, design, and technological practices.
Visualizing Portuguese Power - The Political Use of Images in Portugal and its Overseas Empire (16th–18th Century)
2016
English edition
Diaphanes - Bilder-Diskurs
This publication offers new insights into the broad and differentiated spectrum of functions images could assume in political contexts in those areas dominated by the Portuguese in early modern times. How were objects and artifacts staged and handled to generate new layers of meaning and visualize political ideas and concepts? And what were the respective reasons, means, and effects of the visualization of Portuguese power and politics?
Jean-Louis Boissier - L\'écran comme mobile
2016
French edition
MAMCO - Historical essays & contemporary archives
The Futures of Screen: an aesthetic and technical analysis.
Vivre par(mi) les écrans
2016
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Perceptions
Crossing perspectives on living among screens.
Politiques visuelles
2016
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Perceptions
The political dimension of Visual Studies, between Francophone and Anglo-American studies.
Vision in Motion - Streams of Sensation and Configurations of Time
2016
English edition
Diaphanes - Misceallenous
An impressive collection of essays offering a critical examination of representations of vision in motion—from early illustrations of plants to the avant-gardes, from gesture to cinema, from decapitation to dance, from David Hume to Bergson and Deleuze.
Keith Moxey - Le temps visuel - L\'image dans l\'histoire
2016
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Perceptions
The concept of time in art history.
Claire Le Thomas - Racines populaires du cubisme - Pratiques ordinaires de création et art savant
2016
French edition
Les presses du réel – Art History – Œuvres en sociétés
An historical and ethnographic investigation into the popular origin and environment of Cubist innovations.
Dario Gamboni - Images potentielles - Ambiguïté et indétermination en art moderne
2016
French edition
Les presses du réel – Art History – Œuvres en sociétés
Ambiguity is inherent in images because visual perception is an interpretative act involving memory and imagination. Modern art has made this aspect of perception crucial to its relationship with the viewer. Images potentielles (Potential Images), the first systematic exploration of this topic, considers those works of art that rely to a great degree on imaginative response.
Georges Didi-Huberman - The Cube and the Face - Around a Sculpture by Alberto Giacometti
2015
English edition
Diaphanes - Think Art
Renowned French art historian and philosopher Georges Didi-Huberman conducts a careful analysis of Cube—Giacometti's only abstract sculptural work.
À perte de vue - Les nouveaux paradigmes du visuel
2015
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Perceptions
A unique multidisciplinary approach to Visual Studies.
Penser l\'image - Volume 2 – Anthropologies du visuel
2015
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Perceptions
The return of the anthropological question has completely redesigned the issues of representation. A state of play.
Jérôme Bazin - Réalisme et égalité - Une histoire sociale des arts en  République Démocratique Allemande (1949-1990)
2015
French edition
Les presses du réel – Art History – Œuvres en sociétés
A social history of socialist realism imagery in the former East Germany.
Herbert Molderings - Duchamp traversé - Essais 1975-2012
2014
French edition
MAMCO - Historical essays & contemporary archives
Seven essays about Marcel Duchamp's work.
W. J. T. Mitchell - Que veulent les images ? - Une critique de la culture visuelle
2014
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Perceptions
An innovative analysis of our relationship to the image.
Nathan Réra - Rwanda, entre crise morale et malaise esthétique - Les médias, la photographie et le cinéma à l\'épreuve du génocide des Tutsi (1994-2014)
2014
French edition
Les presses du réel – Art History – Œuvres en sociétés
A historical and theoretical reflection, on the border between aesthetics and politics, on the decisive role of the images and the power and limits of representation, in the context of the last genocide of the twentieth century.
Christian Joschke - Les yeux de la nation - Photographie amateur et société dans l\'Allemagne de Guillaume II (1888-1914)
2014
French edition
Les presses du réel – Art History – Œuvres en sociétés
Social and political dimension of the emergence of a culture of the image carried by the amateur practice of photography in Germany at the dawn of the twentieth century.
Philippe Vatin - Voir et montrer la guerre - Images et discours d\'artistes en France (1914-1918)
2014
French edition
Les presses du réel – Art History – Œuvres en sociétés
Function of visual arts in France during the First World War.
Éric Alliez - Défaire l\'image - De l\'art contemporain
2013
French edition
Les presses du réel – Philosophy / politics – Perceptions
A book to deconstruct the aesthetic regime of the image, for a new diagrammatic thinking, after Deleuze and Guattari, between art and philosophy.
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