Anders Michelsen, Copenhagen:

University Copenhagen, The Department of Art and Cultural Studies 
 / HUM Campus, Copenhagen
10. September 2014, Wednesday, 14.15-15.15, ROOM 27.0.09 

The observations of a 'spectacular' critical mass of visuality by Guy Debord in the 1960s still circumscribes a conundrum to which visual analysis reacts in a hesitant manner. In the paper it will be argued that postwar debates since Debord have struggled to respond to the pervasive emergence of visual culture, i.e. social forms of the visual in a new definition, related to media, practices, and imaginaries. Whereas the visual has increasingly become a key component in new synergies and complexities within a compossible and ’assembled’ form of the social (Latour), approaches of visual studies and visual culture remain within non-visual notions such as discourse or traditional problems such as the forms of the image. Often the pervasive emergence of visual culture comes to reside with a problematic framing of the visual, detailed by analysis of exemplary selections of images, most recently leading to traits of a new imagism, in the interest in what images ‘want’ or ‘do’. Debord's critical mass has a counterpart in a critical conundrum which will be debated by treating four positions: pictorality, power, gestalt and naming.  On the back of this a discussion the idea of a non-representational transvisuality will be introduced.

Anders Michelsen is Associate Professor, PhD, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen, Adjunct professor, School of Creative Arts, James Cook University. 2002-2009 coordinator for the first master program in Visual Culture Studies in Scandinavia; 2007 - 2011, Head of Studies at Department of Arts and Cultural Studies. 2012- member of steering committee, Centre for Advanced Migration Research (AMIS), University of Copenhagen ( Consultant for Study Department 6, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation.

His research-topics and interests lie within the interdisciplinary cultural and social research field emerging from, a. contemporary culture in processes of globalization, b. transvisuality, imagination, creativity, and forms of innovation, c. design and technology, especially as related to social roles of culture and intercultural communication, d. new media, information and communication technology '4' development (UN headline: ICT4D).