S5 TÉLÉ->Vision

February 29, 6 pm to 8 pm (CET-PARIS TIME), Online via Zoom (no registration needed)

Le cinquième rendez-vous de notre séminaire aura lieu par Zoom le 29 février 2024, de 18h à 20h. Il s’agira d’une session en ligne et en anglais avec Philip Glahn (Temple University) et Cary Levine (University North Caroline at Chapel Hill) qui présenteront une conférence sur les travaux du groupe d’artistes américains “Mobile Image” (Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz), sujet de leur prochain ouvrage à paraître en juin chez MIT Press.

The fifth session of our seminar will be on February 29, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (CET-PARIS TIME). We will be hosting an online session with Philip Glahn (Temple University) and Cary Levine (University North Caroline at Chapel Hill) who will present on the art collective “Mobile Image” (Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz), the subject of their forthcoming book to be published in June by MIT Press.

(In)Dividual Technologies: Televisual Embodiment in the Work of Mobile Image

Mobile Image, Satellite Arts (The Image as Place), video still, 1977.

This talk focuses on the work of the visionary art techno-activist group Mobile Image and how it modeled new individual and social subject formations. Among the most prescient and understudied artists in postwar history, Mobile Image creatively redeployed futuristic communication devices, unleashing their latent potentials for radically new forms of exchange among diverse peoples and publics. The group’s appropriation of emergent telecommunications technologies in the 1970s and 80s served to analyze and perform the self in ways that continue to challenge late-modern notions of subject and subjectivity.

Glahn and Levine’s upcoming book, The Future Is Present: Art, Technology, and the Work of Mobile Image (MIT Press, June 2024), traces the group’s experimentation with technological mediations and embodiments through devices such as satellite transmission, television, video, electronic writing tablets, and databases. Building upon core components of the book, this talk focuses on their earliest work, Satellite Arts—Image as Place (1977), as a case study in how the group engaged the technologies of global tele-visuality to model a form of planetary thinking that at once de- and re-centered the human user as a newly co-dependent and empowered “dividual” self.

Glahn and Levine argue not only for the historical importance of Mobile Image, but for a process that is at once critical and transformative, that reconfigures fundamental notions of the public sphere, democracy, communication, and political participation, along with efforts to change contemporary relations of power, representation, and identity. Mobile Image’s approach to the aesthetic politics of technology—how certain devices (digital or otherwise) impact what can be imagined, how they reinforce structures of authority even as they enable new dreams, perceptions, and expressions—has profound implications for today’s world of ubiquitous digital re/production, networking, and social media.

Philip Glahn is Associate Professor of Critical Studies and Aesthetics at Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University in Philadelphia. Glahn has published on the legacies of avant-garde strategies, the politics of drawing, digital media and new social formations, radio and the public sphere, as well as other topics. His book addressing questions of socialism and technology, pedagogy and the utility in the work of Bertolt Brecht was published in 2014 by Reaktion Books.

Cary Levine is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and was a recipient of a J. Paul Getty Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. His first book, Pay for Your Pleasures: Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Raymond Pettibon (University of Chicago Press, 2013) examines the work of these artists in terms of post-60s politics, popular culture, mass media, and strategies of the grotesque.

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