Final Workshop:
Visual Frictions and their Futures

Published: 2015-02-04

Visual frictions

Visuality is an increasingly contested phenomenon. Rarely stable and never ”pure”, the visual is always intertwined with other senses and expressive forms, and is often implicated in multiple power relations. Whether as part of social and cultural practices, or as utilized in social scientific inquiry and investigation, the visual exerts a power that continues to challenge and be challenged by other ways of knowing. This is especially apparent when we consider visuality in its digital manifestations; as visually-based me-dia expand their purview across social, cultural and geographic space we find they are often in ”friction” with established norms, structures and modes of expression. Such ”frictions” arise both in scientific inquiry and in everyday life, as visuality continues to assert a claim to dominance – seeing is believing, isn’t it? – even in the face of contradic-tory claims.

This final workshop of the Nordic Network for Digital Visuality is devoted to exploring these issues, with two aims in mind:

  • First, to present and discuss papers for inclusion in a themed journal publication, summarizing the work of the network, and
  • Second, to discuss proposals for continuing and/or expanding the collaboration begun during the three-year period of this network.

Welcome and thank you all for your contributions to making this an exciting event!

On behalf of the NNDV steering committee, Karin Becker,


Please see the attached PDF document for more information: Programme – Visual Frictions and their Futures