Critical Visualization Network Launch

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The TORCH Critical Visualization network are having their launch event on the 13th December at the Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Road. Due to limited room capacity, we kindly ask that those planning to attend register here before 11th Dec 2016.

This TORCH network proposes to critically explore the foundations, practices, and impacts of visualization, as much from a technological perspective as from a cognitive point of view, reflecting upon questions such as: what are the pros and cons of photo-realistic renditions? What cognitive assumptions do visualizations rely upon? How might one go about encouraging critical viewing as a means of thinking critically about data re-mediation and re-presentation, about visual (and non-textual) data? Is such “critical viewing” desirable, and in what contexts?


13:00 - 13:45 Lunch

13:45 - 14:30 Keynote lecture by Dr Igea Troiani (biography below)

14:30 - 15:00 Questions, comments, reactions

15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break

15:30 - 16:00 Discussion: planning the future of the network

Speaker’s biography

Igea Troiani (PhD, BArch (Hons), BAppSc) is a trained architect, academic and filmmaker. She has practiced architecture in Melbourne and Brisbane in Australia, in Münster in Germany and is founding member, with Andrew Dawson, of the trans-disciplinary Oxford based practice, Original Field of Architecture (2007+). Her research in architectural humanities explores new modes of architectural scholarship beyond the solely textual. Since 2004 she has written critical theory as short film and documentary film under her production company Caryatid Films. She has given keynote addresses on visual methods of research in architecture and screened her films in Brisbane, London, Sheffield, Bristol and Copenhagen. She is currently editing two books, Visual Research Methods in Architecture and Architecture Filmmaking (Intellect, late 2017). She is founder and editor-in-chief of Architecture and Culture, a journal that opens up a new territory of audio-/visual publication for architectural scholars that values multi-sensorial readings of architectural knowledge. Her current studio-based research on unfinished buildings uses photography and filmmaking as visual research methods to critique the relationship between architectural labour, development and neoliberalism.

We very much look forward to seeing many of you at this event!


Critical Visualization

Contact name: Ségolène Tarte

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Audience: Open to all