Trondheim, Norway / September, 6-7 2012
Conveners: Nina Lager Vestberg and Øyvind Vågnes

CVG_ BANER_ VCE_ CON CUÑAIn recent years several discourses have come to revolve around what Susan Sontag described in On Photography as an ecology of images, a perspective which raises both epistemological and ethical questions concerning our interactions with the image. Currently there are also indications of a pressing need for the field of visual culture studies to address what we might call the visualities of ecology, or the place of environmental issues in contemporary visual culture. Addressing the relationship between ecology and visuality in the broadest sense, Ecologies of the Visual is the third international conference of VCinE.


Thursday 6 September

Welcome and Introduction
Nina Lager Vestberg (NTNU) and Øyvind Vågnes (University of Bergen)

Media Ecology Between the Imagescape and the Noosphere
Susanne Østby Sæther (University of Oslo)

‘Hast Thou Perceived the Breadth of the Earth’: Malick’s Ecosophy in The Tree of Life
Diana Almeida (University of Lisbon)

Intervention in Nature and the Intervention of Nature in Urban Environments
Elena Todevska (University of St Cyril and Methodius)

The Activation of the Surrealist Thermometer: Weather Aesthetics and Ecology within Surrealism
Rebecca Wright (London Consortium)

Heterogeneous Spaces: The Migratory Aesthetics of Postcolonial Digital Art
Michaela Quadraro (University of Naples-L’Orientale)

Art in the courtroom: Who’s responsible on global ‘warming’?
Jovanka Popova (University of St Cyril and Methodius)

Indeterminate Hikes
Leila Nadir & Cary Peppermint (University of Rochester)

Friday 7 September

Undoing Virtual Reality: The Use of Virtual Realities for Trier Social Stress Test – Then Taking a Virtual Green Walk to Recover
Adam Brenthel (Lund University)

Mission to Earth: Visual Interfaces for Participatory Geo-Engineering
Ksenia Fedorova (Ural Federal University and University of California Davis)

‘Nature’ in the Expanded Field: Limits of Anthropomorphism
Max Liljefors (Lund University)

Climate Change Information and Visual Rhetoric
Marja Seliger (Aalto University)

Dear Hunters: Ecocriticism on YouTube
Cecilia Mörner & Johan Nilsson (Örebro University)

‘A Healthy Ecosystem’: Images in Public Spaces
Magda Szczesniak (University of Warsaw)

Images Slipping Through: The Dynamics of the Image Spam
Lukasz Zaremba (University of Warsaw)

Attendance at the conference is free and open to everyone as far as space permits. Please note that you will be required to register upon arrival at the venue.



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