Visual Form and Memory 2

steampunk_icon_for_Safari_by_yereverluvinuncleber-d4zhax0Vivian, Bradford and Anne Teresa Demo. “Introduction.” Rhetoric, Remembrance, and Visual Form. Eds. Anne Teresa Demo and Bradford Vivian. New York: Routledge, 2012. eBook.

“examining the simultaneously authentic yet manipulated qualities of memory as conjured through visual modes” (Vivian and Demo)

“visual representations in general acquire historical or memorial meaning as a result of their cultural and technological circulation” (Vivian and Demo)

“contemporary artists routinely demonstrate the power of visual forms to evoke compelling senses of memory… dramatizing its personal, cultural, and technological variability” (Vivian and Demo)

“academic study and cultural activity, concerning either memory or visual form, draw from scattered sources and exemplars among their counterparts; yet they remain substantially separate domains of inquiry or endeavor” (Vivian and Demo)

“individual studies of memory grounded in visual representations” (Vivian and Demo)

“Artists whose work explores questions of memory and vision and scholars of visual culture or public memory” (Vivian and Demo)

I wonder why academics who are studying something that is studied in other disciplines tend to only look within their own disciplines. Recently a student applied communication theories to literature and folks realized it was revolutionary. We SHOULD be reading in related areas outside our fields. That’s one thing I learned from this RCMF project.


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