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This book is about the expanding realm of visual culture: in architecture, art, design, advertising, photography, film, television, video, theatre performance, computer imagery and virtual reality. It is also about Visual Culture Studies, a relatively new academic discipline, or rather range of disciplines, that scholars employ to analyse visual artefacts. Unlike many other texts on the same subject, it foregrounds the ‘visual’ and is systematic and accessible. Visual culture provides an overview of the subject that pays heed to the achievements of both traditional and new theory whilst directing the reader to a large body of literature via references and an extensive bibliography.
Walker and Chaplin discuss the concepts of ‘the visual’ and of ‘culture’ as well as the field and origins of Visual Culture Studies; coping with theory; models of production and consumption; institutions; pleasure; the canon and concepts of value; visual literacy and poetics; modes of analysis; culture and commerce; and new technologies.
This book is designed for those studying the history and theory of fine arts, design and the mass media.
1. Concepts of Culture
2. The Concept of the Visual
3. Visual Culture as a Field of Studies, and the Origins of Visual Culture Studies
4. Coping with Theory
5. Production, Distribution and Consumption Model
7. Looks, the Gaze and Surveillance
8. Visual Literacy and Visual Poetics
9. Modes of Analysis
10. The Pleasures of Visual Culture
11. The Canon and Concepts of Value
12. Visual Culture and Commerce
13. New Technologies
Appendix: Modular Schemes