If virtuality is being celebrated as heralding a radically new era, rich with new possibilities and futures hitherto unimagined through cybernetics, networking and digitalizaton, such claims are also being viewed with deep skepticism and countered by renewed interest in the groundedness and referentiality of the concept of the index. In this transdisciplinary book, major artists, filmmakers, film theorists, philosophers, literary critics, information theorists and cultural analysts examine the twists and turns of the contesting terms of virtuality and indexicality in contemporary cultural theory in relation to history, trauma, sexuality, textuality, anxiety, simulated lives, code, digital cinema, science fiction, and contemporary art. Antony Bryant, Juli Carson, N. Katherine Hayles, Anna Johnson, Mary Kelly, Brian Massumi, Claire Pajaczkowska, Griselda Pollock, Adrian Rifkin, Martha Rosler, Alison Rowley, Trinh T. Minha, Samuel Weber, and Paul Willemen, draw on concrete practices, ranging from film, video and chatrooms to airport spaces, conceptual art and textiles, to offer critically engaged, sometimes sceptical, analyses of contemporary image worlds in the light of a continuing allegiance to grounded histories and critical practice.
Griselda Pollock is Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art, University of Leeds, and Director of the AHRB CentreCATH project. Her numerous books include Mary Cassatt, Vision and Difference: Femininity, Feminism, and Histories of Art and, as co-editor, Encountering Eva Hesse.
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Contributors are: Antony Bryant, N Katherine Hayles, Brian Massumi, Martha Rosler, Samuel Weber, Paul Willemen, Abir Bazaz, Elizabeth Cowie, Vanalyne Green, Mary Kelly, Trinh T Minha, Laura Mulvey, Mark Nash, Claire Pajaczkowska and Adrian Rifkin.