Postponed! Critical Infrastructures and Image Politics

POSTPONED until the new year because of train strikes, sorry! Join us on Wednesday 06 December 2023, 15.00-17.00, at Borough Road Gallery (LSBU) for our research event with Alexandra Anikina and Stephen Cornford (Winchester School of Art) who will present Critical Infrastructures and Image Politics.

Critical Infrastructures and Image Politics is a newly re-established research group at Winchester School of Art dedicated to investigating the politics of contemporary digital and visual cultures at the intersection of media art and critical theory. Building on the legacy of the Archaeologies of Media and Technology unit, we foreground transdisciplinary and practice-based methodologies of artistic and activist-led research in media and technocultures with specific interests in material infrastructures, critical posthumanities, algorithmic visual cultures, feminist and decolonial technocultures, and media ecologies. 

The seminar will include presentations by the two co-directors of CIIP, Dr Alexandra Anikina and Dr Stephen Cornford, both of whom work between artistic research and theoretical writing. Sasha’s recent work is focusing on affective infrastructures and techno-animist assemblages. She will share some ongoing thinking and excerpts of new video work on the gendered and racialised dimensions of watching and being seen as subjects of platformed immaterial labour. Stephen’s research considers the relationship between photographic and planetary space, between the technical image and its collateral landscapes. He will present current fieldwork around extractive industries in the South West exploring the disjunctive temporalities of camera, subject and landscape.

Image: Stephen Cornford, video still from Spectral Index, 2023.