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Ecologies of the Visual

By Øyvind Vågnes on 12.09.2012 (07:00).


I’m just back from Ecologies of the Visual, the Third Visual Culture in Europe Meeting held in Trondheim last week, which was expertly organized by our local host in Trondheim, Nina Lager Vestberg, with the energetic administrative assistance of Kari Anne Bye. When Nina and myself – both members of the Visual Culture Network – distributed the call for papers for this event late in the Autumn of 2011, we envisioned a dialogue on the relationship between ecology and visuality in the broadest sense – on the persistent notion of “an ecology of images” on the one hand, and on the other, the visualities of ecology, or the place of environmental issues in contemporary visual culture. But of course we had no idea what to expect. The response was exactly what we had hoped for: a tight group of focused proposals which seemed to connect quite neatly into a varied, yet coherent seminar programme. And so it was thrilling to see the presentations come together the way they did in Trondheim last week – have a look at the program to get an idea. (Thanks to Marja Seliger for the group photo!)

We don’t know at this point what the next Visual Culture in Europe conference will look like, but more information about that will follow in not too long. One thing is certain: it will take place in Zagreb some time in 2013.


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