/Plot/ 1. A plan 2. A narrative device that heightens interest 3. A dedicated space to illuminate images, the ways they circulate, and the contexts in which they are—or could be—entangled
The Social Media President: Donald Trump’s Visual-Rhetorical Strategies On Instagram
Most of the global public considers Donald Trump’s use of social media a means of politics. How does his visual communication on Instagram look like and what does it accomplish? Here are some preliminary thoughts from a semiotic point of view.
On Making Graven Images: The Racial Meanings of Death in a Walker Evans Photograph and Its Double
Two Depression-era texts reproduce the same Walker Evans photograph: in one, the image represents the grave of a white tenant farmer, and in the other, it appears as that of a black sharecropper. Through its “translation” across the color line, Evans’s image indexes a complicated history of representation, race, and appropriation.
Lean In, The Statue
Once again, the best of our intentions and most well-meaning of our identifications have been turned into the cruelest of weapons against us.
The Pig and the Algorithm
Computer vision technology has developed an ability to both caption and describe photographic images, prompting the question: what makes human vision distinct?
Spectres of Antiquity
In contemporary Athens, emerging from an urban landscape deeply transformed by crisis and austerity, street art and graffiti have gained enormous significance as unsanctioned mediums of public expression. This video essay examines the symbolic references to antiquity that recur on the walls of Athens and interrogates their potential as a critical commentary on the politics of crisis and crypto-colonialism.
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me
A snapshot of a brightly spotlit church made by chance one spring night is analyzed through successive layers of associations, culminating in the artificially illuminated stained glass windows being read as an allegory for the semiotic conditions of the photographic image itself.
Pandy Ramada's Bendable Displex