The horrors of visuality

Coley, Rob (2014) The horrors of visuality. Photomediations Machine .

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In his terrifying essay-cum-horror-story on the then nascent logic of ‘control’, Gilles Deleuze warned of a power that writhes and flexes like the ‘coils of a serpent’. Speculating on the transformative implications of the digital, he told of an ontological power, an adaptable power performed in complex systems of mediated communication, a power no longer restricted by the space-time of modern institutions. In this story, a monstrous control operates in the form of computational stimuli, functioning socially and biologically, infiltrating bodily relations so as to cultivate an addiction to its influence. The aim of such a power is not to fix or restrict radical energies but to manage or generate such processes by massaging relational potential, by mediating the becoming of the world. Here, I briefly consider how the 21st century actuality of such a monster might demand an adjustment in the study of visuality.

Keywords:visuality, dark media, PRISM, NSA, weird fiction, control society, Bmjconvert, JCOpen
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Media)
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ID Code:14427
Deposited On:30 Jun 2014 11:03

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