Imag(in)ing Technologies is an interdisciplinary research project financed by the Department of Media and Communication. It investigates how imaging technologies affect humans understanding of their situation, position and roles in society.
To an increasing extent, imaging technologies are integral to the ways we understand our situation, position and roles in society. This situation is mediated, constituted and upheld through technological images. In our image-obsessed and image-dependent culture, socializing practices are facilitated and quasi-automatized through imaging processes; yet, despite of their culturally constitutive relevance, thorough reflection about such images is scarce. By analyzing imaging technologies in a range of social situations of cultural and political significance, our aim is to create a productive distance, to open up a space for culture to look at itself looking – to image and imagine. All social practices have consequences for the people who perform them, and this project points to these consequences. How far and in what ways are we, as members of a given society and culture, formed by the practices that we initially set out to shape according to our needs? This question is all the more urgent in view of our roles as academics. How should the university engage with and address this universe of images?