<p>Zach Blas and Jemima Wyman, <em>im here to learn so :))))))</em>,  HD video still, four-channel HD video installation, 2017, courtesy of the artists</p>
<p>Zach Blas and Jemima Wyman, <em>im here to learn so :))))))</em>,  HD video still, four-channel HD video installation, 2017, courtesy of the artists</p>

No. 16: Digital Darkness

Managing editor: Łukasz Zaremba

Zach Blas and Jemima Wyman, im here to learn so :)))))),  HD video still, four-channel HD video installation, 2017, courtesy of the artists

This issue was supported by the Polish Minister of Science and Higher Education, from the funds of the program for the popularization of scholarship in 2016

Table of Contents

Introduction

  1. Digital Darkness

    Łukasz Zaremba, ”Digital Darkness”, View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture 16 (2016), https://www.pismowidok.org/en/archive/2016/16-digital-darkness/digital-darkness

Viewpoint

  1. im here to learn so :))))))

    Zach Blas, Jemima Wyman, ”im here to learn so :))))))”, View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture 16 (2016), https://www.pismowidok.org/en/archive/2016/16-digital-darkness/im-here-to-learn-so

    Presentation of the project im here to learn so :)))))) (2017)

  2. Bots as Therapists?

    Aleksanda Przegalińska, ”Bots as Therapists?”, View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture 16 (2016), https://www.pismowidok.org/en/archive/2016/16-digital-darkness/bots-as-therapists

    An essay accompanying the presentation of Zach Blas's and Jemima Wyman's ’m here to learn so :)))))).

Close-up

  1. The Carnival of the New Screen: From Hegemony to Isonomy

    Bernard Stiegler, ”The Carnival of the New Screen: From Hegemony to Isonomy”, View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture 16 (2016), https://www.pismowidok.org/pl/archiwum/2016/16-cyfrowe-mroki/karnawal-nowego-siecioekranu-od-hegemonii-do-izonomii

    Polish translation of Bernard Stiegler's essay The Carnival of the New Screen: From Hegemony to Isonomy, originally published as Le carnaval de la nouvelle toile: de l’hégémonie à l’isonomie (in: Technologies de l’information et intelligences collectives, ed. B. Juanals, J.-M. Noyer, Paris 2010)

  2. Nothing (‘s what) Happens on the Screen

    Łukasz Zaremba, ”Nothing (‘s what) Happens on the Screen”, View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture 16 (2016), https://www.pismowidok.org/en/archive/2016/16-digital-darkness/nothing-s-what-happens-on-the-screen

    The article attempts to map key aspects of internet critique in the contexts of its relation to communication capitalism. It does so however from the perspective of visual studies. In his analysis of YouTube, the author questions assumptions of the secondary nature of visual data in the internet. The article is a preliminary mapping of the field and aims to develop research questions that need to be answered from the perspective of visual studies.

  3. The End of Blogging

    Jodi Dean, ”The End of Blogging”, View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture 16 (2016), https://www.pismowidok.org/pl/archiwum/2016/16-cyfrowe-mroki/koniec-blogowania

    A fragment of The End of Blogging, the second chapter of Jodi Dean’s Blog Theory: Feedback and Capture in the Circuits of Drive (Polity 2010).

  4. Stories from Ultrasonographic Abyss

    Matylda Szewczyk, ”Stories from Ultrasonographic Abyss”, View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture 16 (2016), https://www.pismowidok.org/en/archive/2016/16-digital-darkness/stories-from-ultrasonographic-abyss

    The article presents a reflection on the experience of prenatal ultrasound and on the nature of cultural beings it creates. It exploits chosen ethnographic and cultural descriptions of prenatal ultrasounds in different cultures, as well as documentary and artistic reflections on medical imagery and new media technologies. It discusses different ways of defining the role of ultrasound in prenatal care and the cultural contexts build around it. Although the prenatal ultrasounds often function in the space of enormous tensions (although they are also supposed to give pleasure), it seems they will accompany us further in the future. It is worthwhile to find some new ways of describing them and to invent new cultural practices to deal with them.

  5. Form and Inform. Internal Semantics of Computation Languages and Architecture of Developed Capitalism

    Adam Przywara, Krzysztof Dołęga, ”Form and Inform.”, View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture 16 (2016), https://www.pismowidok.org/en/archive/2016/16-digital-darkness/form-and-inform.-internal-semantics-of-computation-languages-and

    This essay aims to exercise an unpopular idea that neoliberalism has created a distinct architectural language, and that an analysis of its semantics can inform our understanding of this “transparent” ideology governing the contemporary world. Manfredo Tafuri’s proposed that the subsumption of architecture under capital has formalized its language to the point of architecture becoming a manipulation of semantically empty structures. By applying an analysis of computational semantics, we elaborate on Tafuris’s proposal, showing that the subsumption of architecture has deprived it from its previously visible and obvious meanings, simultaneously creating a hidden code of semantics subservient to the capital.

Panorama

  1. Degradation of Skill

    Artur Szarecki, ”Degradation of Skill”, View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture 16 (2016), https://www.pismowidok.org/pl/archiwum/2016/16-cyfrowe-mroki/degradation-of-skill

    Chapter from Artur Szarecki's book Kapitalizm somatyczny. Ciało i władza w kulturze korporacyjnej [Somatic Capitalism: Body and Power in Corporate Culture], recently published by Wydawnictwa Drugie (Warsaw 2017).

  2. Feminist Art of Failure, Ewa Partum and the Avant-garde of the Weak

    Ewa Majewska, ”Feminist Art of Failure, Ewa Partum and the Weak Avant-Garde”, View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture 16 (2016), https://www.pismowidok.org/en/archive/2016/16-digital-darkness/feminist-art-of-failure-ewa-partum-and-the-weak-avant-garde

    In her article, the author argues that based on Ewa Partum's artistic practice it is possible to speak about a specifically feminist strategy of the avant-garde. In the theory of the avant-garde a move has been made from the heroic, masculine conceptualisations of art practice and resistance within it toward the non-heroic, weak and contingent. A theory of weak avant-garde is a summary of these evolutions, inspired by the writings of, amongst others, Walter Benjamin, Jack Halberstam, Vaclav Havel.

  3. The Effects of Landscape

    Charles Harrison, ”The Effects of Landscape”, View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture 16 (2016), https://www.pismowidok.org/pl/archiwum/2016/16-cyfrowe-mroki/efekty-krajobrazu

    Polish translation of Charles Harrison's essay from Landscape and Power, ed. W.J.T. Mitchell (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005).

Snapshots

  1. "Intensity is Not Yet Content"

    Joanna Lilia Mąkowska, ”"Intensity is Not Yet Content"”, View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture 16 (2016), https://www.pismowidok.org/pl/archiwum/2016/16-cyfrowe-mroki/intensywnosc-nie-jest-jeszcze-trescia

    Essay about the exhibition Ministry of Internal Affairs. Intimacy as Text, curated by Natalia Sielewicz, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, January 26-April 2, 2017. 

  2. Capture all?

    Ewa Drygalska, ”Capture all?”, View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture 16 (2016), https://www.pismowidok.org/pl/archiwum/2016/16-cyfrowe-mroki/uchwycic-wszystko

    An essay on the "transmediale 2017" festival, organized at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin and the festival catalogue: Cover across & beyond. A transmediale Reader on Post-digital Practices, Concepts and Institutions, eds. Ryan Bishop, Kristoffer Gansing, Jussi Parikka (Berlin: Sternberg Press 2017).

  3. War, Theater, Debris

    Anna Róża Burzyńska, ”War, Theater, Debris”, View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture 16 (2016), https://www.pismowidok.org/pl/archiwum/2016/16-cyfrowe-mroki/wojna-teatr-szczatki

    Review of the book by Dorota Sajewska, Nekroperformans. Kulturowa rekonstrukcja teatru Wielkiej Wojny [Necroperformance. A Cultural Reconstruction of the Theatre of the Great War] (Warszawa: Instytut Teatralny im. Zbigniewa Raszewskiego, 2016).