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Introduction / Issue 19: Blind Spots / Contributors

Introduction For its nineteenth issue, InVisible Culture presents articles, artworks, and reviews under the thematic framework of “Blind Spots.” Each of the pieces contained within this issue address various “spots” or points of blindness. These range from the actual experiences of non-sighted people to the instability of vision itself, from blindness as a symptom or […]

“Pretty Pictures”: The Use of False Color in Images of Deep Space

Anya Ventura “Scientific pictures are not decoration but knowledge,” declared photo historian Vicki Goldberg in the first sentence of a 2001 New York Times article on the use of imagery in scientific practice.1 In this statement, we see a prevailing logic at work: the division between subjectivity and objectivity, form and function, pleasure and utility. To […]

Google Search: Hyper-visibility as a Means of Rendering Black Women and Girls Invisible

  Safiya Umoja Noble Introduction Google has become a central object of study for digital media scholars due to the power and impact wielded by the necessity to begin most engagements with social media via a search process, and the near-universality with which Google has been adopted and embedded into all aspects of the digital […]

Art Forever New

Alexander García Düttmann At one point in Walter Benjamin’s A Brief History of Photography, the photographic medium is defined in terms of a surplus.1 Or, to put it differently, it is this surplus that is said to account for what is “new and particular” about photography. In a photograph, Benjamin suggests, there is always a remainder […]

Translations of Blind Perception in the Films Monika (2011) and Antoine (2008)

Robert Stock and Beate Ochsner I. Introduction In their book Cultural Locations of Disability, David Mitchell and Sharon Snyder critically examine the Deaf-and-Blind-cycle made by Frederick Wiseman in the 1980s, and point out how the documentary filmmaker seeks to analyze the disciplinary techniques used in institutions for the blind, deaf and blind.1  The authors conceive […]

Elusive Memorials: Blind-Spots, Insight, and Gun Violence at the University of Texas at Austin

Trevor Hoag This essay is dedicated to the victims/survivors of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Connecticut (2012), and to victims/survivors of (gun) violence everywhere.1 It is not you who will speak; let the disaster speak in you, even if it be by your forgetfulness or [ . . . blindness]. — Maurice Blanchot, […]

Hiltrud Aliber: Earthing / Unearthing: With Closed Eyes I See

Hiltrud Aliber I draw with closed eyes. My closed eyes allow me to take a break from the relentless visual processing required by our contemporary technological culture and visual-material world. Enabled by the drawing process, my inner journeys navigate a strange geography where areas of the paper activate specific sites on the mental landscape, unearthing […]

Aesthetics of Politics: Zero Dark Thirty

Issue 19: Blind Spots (Fall 2013) David Fresko The Bush Administration’s declaration of a global war on terror—a foreign policy imperative continued below Obama’s banner—inaugurated more than the attempted realization of a neoconservative “Project for a New American Century.”1 It amplified class power through the accumulation of dispossessed natural resources from foreign lands and the […]

Plane Sighting

Issue 19: Blind Spots (Fall 2013) Christopher Schaberg On a recent morning as I browsed through my Twitter home feed, I noticed some intriguing buzz about using the iPhone Siri function to “see which plane is flying overhead.” I’ve been thinking about this common experience lately: when you notice an airliner in the sky. But […]

Molyneux Redux

Issue 19: Blind Spots (Fall 2013) Georgina Kleege In 1693, William Molyneux wrote his famous letter to John Locke where he proposed the following thought experiment. What if a man who was born blind but had learned to recognize through touch certain geometrical forms such as a sphere and a cube, were to have his […]