The Politics and Ethics of the Index: Art and Culture in the Age of Virtuality

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If virtuality is being celebrated as heralding a radically new era, rich with new possibilities and futures hitherto unimagined through cybernetics, networking and digitalizaton, such claims are also being viewed with deep skepticism and countered by renewed interest in the groundedness and referentiality of the concept of the index. 

In this transdisciplinary book, major artists, filmmakers, film theorists, philosophers, literary critics, information theorists and ...

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Overview

If virtuality is being celebrated as heralding a radically new era, rich with new possibilities and futures hitherto unimagined through cybernetics, networking and digitalizaton, such claims are also being viewed with deep skepticism and countered by renewed interest in the groundedness and referentiality of the concept of the index. 

In this transdisciplinary book, major artists, filmmakers, film theorists, philosophers, literary critics, information theorists and cultural  analysts examine the twists and turns of  the contesting terms of virtuality and indexicality in contemporary cultural theory in relation to history, trauma, sexuality, textuality, anxiety, simulated lives, code, digital cinema, science fiction, and contemporary art. 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, ranging from film, video and chatrooms to airport spaces, conceptual art and textiles, to offer critically engaged, sometimes skeptical, analyses of contemporary image worlds in the light of a continuing allegiance to grounded histories and critical practice.

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Antony Bryant is Professor of Informatics at Leeds Metropolitan University and author of Thinking Informatically (2006) and co-editor of The Handbook of Grounded Theory (2007).

Griselda Pollock is Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art and Director of the Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory and History at the University of Leeds. Among her books are Encounters in the Virtual Feminist Museum (2007). She is editor of Conceptual Odysseys (2007), co-editor with Victoria Turvey Sauron of The Sacred and the Feminine (2007) and with Victoria Anderson of Bluebeard's Legacy (2009), all with I.B.Tauris. She is Series Editor of Tauris' "New Encounters" Series.

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Table of Contents

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Acknowledgements

Series Preface---New Encounters: Arts, Cultures, Concepts Griselda Pollock Pollock, Griselda

Editors' Introduction Griselda Pollock Pollock, Griselda 1

1 Traumas of Code N. Katherine Hayles Hayles, N. Katherine 23

2 Of Mice and Mien: Or Perhaps of Mouses and Mien? (anyway with apologies to John Steinbeck) Antony Bryant Bryant, Antony 42

3 A Virtual Indication Samuel Weber Weber, Samuel 63

4 The Future Birth of the Affective Fact: The Political Ontology of Threat Brian Massumi Massumi, Brian 79

5 For a Comparative Film Studies Paul Willemen Willemen, Paul 93

6 Night Passage: The Depth of Time Alison Rowley Rowley, Alison 111

7 Tension, Time and Tenderness: Indexical Traces of Touch in Textiles Claire Pajaczkowska Pajaczkowska, Claire 134

8 Look, No Wires! Some Notes Around the Idea of a Sign (1, 2, Nothing) Adrian Rifkin Rifkin, Adrian 149

9 Airport Martha Rosler Rosler, Martha 167

10 Dossier: Mary Kelly Circa 1968 183

On Fidelity: Art, Politics, Passion and Event Mary Kelly Kelly, Mary 189

Legacies of Resistance Juli Carson Carson, Juli 194

11 Mary Kelly's Ballad of Kastriot Rexhepi: Virtual Trauma and Indexical Witness in the Age of Mediatic Spectacle Griselda Pollock Pollock, Griselda 200

12 Nomad-Words Anna Johnson Johnson, Anna 217

Notes 237

Bibliography 264

List of Contributors 277

Index 282

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