In The Emancipated Spectator, Jacques Rancière questions the relationship of the viewer and the work (theatre, art, film, etc.). He asks what does it mean if the viewer is seen as passive and the performer as active. He is concerned with the political implications of relegating the viewer’s role to that of observer. As Guy Debord has pointed out this leads to the creation of one-way transmissions, the spectacle.
Image-based media has tended to bring forward various forms of empathy in the viewer, be it identifying with a hero or a call to action. Since the Agitprop trains of the Russian Civil War, media has been used as a form of activism as well as being a form of entertainment. In relation to media practises, we are asking if the dichotomy of viewing and acting is a useful definition of how we experience works. If as Flusser says, technical images are built on a feedback loop, then the relationship of the user/viewer to the work and medium needs to be redefined with an eye towards how it creates a relationship with otherness. Does the idea of consuming images not only towards specific reading of media, but also away from other possibilities? As media develops does the technology valorise one direction while business models valorise another?
In this issue, we want to continue this question by asking how do we experience media and what are its ramifications? What is the difference between a user and a viewer? What forms of media activate viewers/users and when does media become a vehicle for the spectacle? We are looking for works addressing all forms of image-based media from film through to VR, gaming and interaction. We are interested in looking at commercial as well as artistic works.
Deadline for abstracts: 30 March, 2018.
This special edition will be edited by Assoc. Prof. Kenneth Feinstein of Sunway University.
Submissions of abstracts should be under 250 words.
Submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org
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