Visuality / Materiality: Reviewing Theory, Method and Practice

9th – 11th July, 2009
The Royal Institute for British Architects, London
Convenors
Professor Gillian Rose (Geography, Open University)
Dr Divya P. Tolia-Kelly (Geography, Durham University)
Plenary Speakers
Professor Elizabeth Edwards, Dr Paul Frosh, Professor Jane Jacobs
Media
Paper Presentations, Visual Art, Film, Workshops, Participatory Methodologies
Visuality/Materiality attends to the relationship between the visual and the material as a way of approaching both the meaning of visual and its other aspects. The interrogation of image as sign, metaphor, and text has long dominated the realm of visual theory and analysis. But the material role of visual praxis in everyday landscapes of seeing has been an emergent area of visual research; visual design, urban visual practice, visual grammars and vocabularies of domestic spaces, including the formation and structuring of practices of living and political being, are critical to 21st century grammars of living.
The relationship between Visuality/Materiality here is about social meaning and practice; where identity, power, space, and geometries of seeing are approached here through a grounded approach to material technologies, design and visual research, everyday embodied seeing, labour, ethics and utility. This conference is aimed at providing a dialogic space where the nature and role of a contemporary visual theory and practice can be evaluated, in light of materiality, practice, the affective, performativity; and where the methodological encounter informs our intellectual critique. The organisers have encouraged contributions based on research experience and practice into specific aspects of visuality and visual critique including concern with:
What is the relationship between materiality and the visuality?
How do we develop new theoretical approaches to new visual practices?
What can we learn from everyday visualities?
How can we approach ethical practices through visual practices?
How are theories of materiality, performance, embodiment employed in research on the visual?
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One Response to Visuality / Materiality: Reviewing Theory, Method and Practice

  1. On Poster Printing July 22, 2009 at 12:31 am #

    The relationship between the visual and the material is a rather recent topic in design. The elements of our material world definitely influence design and the visual aspect of its resulting products in a multitude of ways. For instance, look at print advertising. An appealing visual design – both with images and text – is critical for an ad campaign to be successful. With the competition for unique visual stimulation becoming so fierce, graphic designers have had to get inspiration for their designs from unusual places in our everyday world. Nature, clothing, even garbage have all become materials from which new designs have emerged.

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