Project

Mission

Plot is an online platform that encourages critical reflection within our current image cultures, in which, as the overall number of images constantly increases, the time we spend looking at individual examples inevitably shrinks. In addition to reflecting on the impact of this dynamic of image production and consumption on our perceptions and thoughts, Plot also examines the abundance of narrative networks, augmented by individual and collective visual memories, that become entangled with this flood of images. While some of these imagistic narratives gain traction and become iconic, many of them just flow by in this ongoing stream, being immediately replaced by new visualizations and associations. As a response to these conditions, Plot offers a flexible platform to explore the multifarious potentials of images and their shifting narratives.

Plot invites international authors from a wide array of disciplines to contribute to the website’s two main sections, POINTS and LINES. In the POINTS section, contributors are encouraged to select images that they come across in their daily professions and lives and to create image pairings that stimulate critical or unconventional thoughts. Ideally, the results would not end in a traditional image analysis or an obvious response, but, due to the dynamic gap that comes with a pairing, create new narratives or challenge established ones. LINES contributors reflect on current image cultures through the format of moving images (e.g. slideshows, videos, visual essays) and perhaps sound (e.g spoken words, music).

Plot was launched in December 2015 and operates out of Chicago.

If you have any questions, or if you are interested in possibly contributing to this project, don’t hesitate to reach out to the editors: info@plot.online

Who We Are

Founding Editor
Associate Editor
Website Developer / Advisor

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Plot's Main Structure

POINTS

This is the core area of Plot. It features an author’s written response to specific image pairings. Authors can use new images, reuse existing ones, or combine both. Contributions that use the same images can be directly connected to each other via a specific link icon.

LINES

In this section, contributors can use a variety of moving image formats (slideshow, video, etc.) and approaches (musings, essays, discussion, etc.) for their inquiries into our current image cultures.

IMAGES

This section serves as the visual archive for all POINTS contributions. Visitors to Plot have the possibility to search the archive, select images of their interest, and then follow their use in the POINTS section.

POINTS Icons

IMAGE ICON

This icon leads to the images that an author has written a response to.

TEXT ICON

This icon leads to the author's writing on his/her selected images.

LINK ICON

This icon indicates that two or more POINTS contributions are using the same image and offers a direct link between them; If no image has been reused, the link icon will not be displayed.

Disclaimer

Plot provides the www.plot.online website as a not-for-profit service to its community of authors and readers. Plot is not responsible for, and expressly disclaims all liability for, damages of any kind arising out of use, reference to, or reliance on any information contained within the site. Although Plot's website may include links providing direct access to other Internet resources, including websites, Plot is not responsible for the accuracy or content of information contained in these sites. Links from Plot to third-party sites do not constitute an endorsement by Plot's staff.

Image Policy

Plot is an ongoing web project by the artist Claudia Weber. The use of photographs and images on its platform is for the sole purpose of critical inquiries into our contemporary visual culture. Articles written in response to featured images do not necessarily reflect the view of the photographers who took them.