Visual Studies

 
 
Vilém Flusser - Vampyroteuthis infernalis
2024
French edition
Les presses du réel – Philosophy / politics – Miscellaneous
forthcoming
The new and definitive edition of Vilém Flusser's fabulous treatise, based on the original French typescripts.
Display, Distribute, Disrupt - Contemporary Moving Image Practices
2024
English edition
Diaphanes
forthcoming
The implications of the digitization of image production and distribution on the contemporary ecology of the moving image.
Ines Weizman - Avant et après - L\'architecture du désastre
2024
French edition
Diaphanes
forthcoming
Eyal and Ines Weizman explore the history of the before-and-after image, from its origins in 19th-century Paris to today's satellite surveillance.
Trevor Paglen - Adversarially Evolved Hallucinations - Research/Practice 04
2024
English edition
Sternberg Press - Research/Practice
How machine learning and computer vision generate images.
Valentina Tanni - Exit Reality - Vaporwave, Backrooms, Weirdcore, and Other Landscapes Beyond the Threshold
2024
English edition
Nero
The first attempt to map that ensemble of subcultures, popular narratives, and visual and auditory languages we now recognize as "internet aesthetics".
Jean-Paul Martinon - Visual Cultures as World-Forming
2024
English edition
Sternberg Press - Visual Cultures as…
How does the world—and the world of visual culture in particular—creates itself in a creative act that knows no economic return.
Vues & données (catalogue) - 29-3-2024 – 2-6-2024
2024
French edition
Mix
The result of a research project revolving around the question of data, headed by artist-photographer Aurélie Pétrel and philosopher Fabien Vallos.
Holger Trülzsch - The Seen and the Unseen
2024
English edition
Edition Patrick Frey
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.
Sites du film - Le cinéma et ses parages
2024
French edition
Les presses du réel – Cinema & video art – Perceptions
Cinema as a method of investigating the visible and a journey into the theoretical thinking of images.
Philippe Despoix - K. B. W. - La bibliothèque Warburg, laboratoire de pensée intermédiale
2023
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Perceptions
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?
Imaginaires technologiques
2023
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – ArTeC
Some insights into the imaginaries that inhabit techno-scientific realities, transforming our relationship with the world, closing or opening up the future.
Vues & données (entretiens)
2023
French edition
Mix
Interviews with artists and researchers on the issues of catch and data.
Jean-Baptiste Carobolante - L\'image spectrale - Allégorie du cinéma de spectre
2023
French edition
Mix
A study of "spectral" (rather than ghostly) cinema, starting with the film Ringu by Hideo Nakata, as well as a philosophical essay on the haunting of images.
Fabien Vallos - Vues & données (essai)
2023
French edition
Mix
A reflection on the notions of catch and data.
Philippe Despoix - K. B. W. - La bibliothèque Warburg, laboratoire de pensée intermédiale
2023
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Perceptions
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?
Nicolas Ballet - Shock Factory - Culture visuelle des musiques industrielles (1969-1995)
2023
French edition
Les presses du réel – Music & Sound Arts – Misceallenous
A vast study of the visual culture of industrial music during its development in Europe, the United States and Japan, from the 1970s to the 1990s, a global culture that goes beyond sound experimentation to cross different media (graphics, film, performance, video), in a close dialogue with the heritage of modernity and under the growing influence of technologies.
Aradhana Seth - Sadak - Hand painted street signs in India
2023
English edition
Humboldt Books - Artist's Travels
Artist, photographer and filmmaker Aradhana Seth's photographic archive of painted signs in India: a visual itinerary through the historical-economic changes of Indian society over the years.
Heads Together - Weed and the Underground Press Syndicate, 1965–73
2023
English edition
Edition Patrick Frey
A glorious design herbarium of marijuana ads from the great underground magazines of the 1960s and '70s.
Les Carnets du BAL - Les temps de l\'image
2023
French edition
Les Carnets du BAL
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Perceptions
The temporal dimension of the image.
T. J. Demos - Radical Futurisms - Ecologies of Collapse / Chronopolitics / Justice to Come
2023
English edition
Sternberg Press - History, Criticism and Theory
What comes after end-of-world narratives: visions of just futurity and multispecies flourishing.
Georges Didi-Huberman - Movements of Air - The Photographs from Étienne-Jules Marey’s Wind Tunnels
2023
English edition
Diaphanes - Misceallenous
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. 
Antonio Somaini - Culture visuelle - Images, regards, médias, dispositifs
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Perceptions
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
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.
Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa - Hiding in Plain Sight / Über Ici et ailleurs
2020
bilingual edition (English / German)
Bierke
Ben Alper and Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa present visual unknowns and forgotten gestures from the defunct archives of American mid-century news photography.
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.
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