By Griselda Pollock, Anthony Bryant
If virtuality is being celebrated as heralding a appreciably new period, wealthy with new probabilities and futures hitherto unimagined via cybernetics, networking and digitalizaton, such claims also are being seen with deep skepticism and countered by way of renewed curiosity within the groundedness and referentiality of the idea that of the index.
In this transdisciplinary e-book, significant artists, filmmakers, movie theorists, philosophers, literary critics, details theorists and cultural analysts learn the twists and turns of the contesting phrases of virtuality and indexicality in modern cultural conception on the subject of historical past, trauma, sexuality, textuality, nervousness, simulated lives, code, electronic cinema, technology fiction, and modern paintings. 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, starting from movie, video and chatrooms to airport areas, conceptual paintings and textiles, to supply significantly engaged, occasionally skeptical, analyses of up to date photograph worlds within the mild of a continual allegiance to grounded histories and significant practice.
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Extra resources for Digital and Other Virtualities: Renegotiating the Image (New Encounters: Arts, Cultures, Concepts)
45 To this mix we can now add psychoanalysis: surely a signiﬁcant site of reﬂection on relations of virtuality and indexicality through its own metaphoric language that struggles to think of the somatic/psychic dialectic of subjectivity, the unimaginable yet affecting corporeal materiality of the drives and/as their equally unplaceable psychic representatives, straddling the world of movement, affect, sensation, materialities and those of thought, signiﬁcation and that most tricky concept, memory, whose aporia is trauma.
The smoke now precedes the ﬁre’, suggests Massumi, in the political manipulation of a semiotics of fear. Virtuality is thus not merely a new dimension of our worlds shaped by new media technologies. In the quite different register of philosophical thinking, notably in the tradition that runs from Henri Bergson (1859–1941) to Gilles Deleuze (1925–95), virtuality is a gap rich with creative possibility. Virtuality refers to that which could become actual, but is as yet unrealized. Bergson made a distinction between the pairing of the possible and the real, and the virtual and the actual.
As the person grew habituated and less fearful, the simulated experience was gradually intensiﬁed, with habituation occurring at each step. 11 Useful as these therapies may have been for particular phobias, they focused on a narrow range of traumatic experiences and used code in a purely practical way without deeper theoretical resonances. More interesting from a theoretical perspective are recent cultural productions that explore through ﬁctional narratives the ways in which code can be appropriated as a resource to deal with trauma.
Digital and Other Virtualities: Renegotiating the Image (New Encounters: Arts, Cultures, Concepts) by Griselda Pollock, Anthony Bryant