Radical Art Caucus Sponsored Session at the College Art Association Conference, Feb. 22-25, 2012 Los Angeles, CA.
Alan Wallach, The College of William and Mary, firstname.lastname@example.orgThe simultaneous invention in the early 1790s of the panopticon, a type of prison, and the panorama, a form of mass entertainment, marks the beginning of a new epoch in the history of visual domination. Today, the panoramic and the panoptic so thoroughly pervade our culture that identification with the ³eye of power,² as Foucault termed it, has become habitual, reflexive, unconscious, seemingly innocent. Yet with the increasing proliferation of technologies of surveillance (e.g., CCTV), we find ourselves caught between the positions of viewer and viewed, of subject and object. If the panoramic inspires identification with regimes of surveillance, being the object of surveillance suggests a different response. The former implies a politics of complacency, the latter, a politics of resistance. This panel welcomes studies of artists and artworks both high and popular as well as investigations of applications of, and responses to, technologies of panoramic vision, representation, and surveillance.
To propose a paper, complete the application as described in the Call for Participation on the College Art Association website: http://www.collegeart.org/pdf/2012CallforParticipation.pdf
Receipt deadline: May 2, 2011