A large book project on the visual world in art, science, and visual theory.

Our provisional emblem for the book is this fireball, recorded by an automatic camera in the Czech Republic. Despite the many automatic cameras positioned around the world, and the fact that fireballs are relatively common, few cameras capture these events.

There isn't any way to capture the very wide variety of images we intend to use in the book, so this is a random companion to the fireball. It's an example of scientific visualization: an image of a cell, processed using NIHImage, a program widely used in biology. There are many more examples of images linked to the Table of Contents (below). 

 

Visual Worlds (book project)

Co-authored with Erna Fiorentini

Visual Worlds is the working title for a large textbook on the visual world. I'm writing this with Erna Fiorentini, and it will be published by Oxford University Press in 2017. 

It will be a large textbook: it will compete with existing textbooks on art, but it will also include images from biology, medicine, physics, and engineering; and it will integrate theories of vision from the arts, humanities, and sciences.

We think it will be the first major, synthetic survey that no longer focuses on fine art (as in art history), popular culture (as in visual studies), or particular socio-economic contexts (as in anthropology and postcolonial theory), but addresses the sum total of writing on the subject of vision, visuality, and visual practices, in art, area studies, political theory, neurology, cognitive psychology, and other fields.

We hope Visual Worlds will be a primer for informed conversations on the visual across all the disciplines of the university.  

Chapters that are online now:

Chapter 4, on animal vision.

Chapter 24, on military vision.

Chapter 28, on law and visuality.

Please post your thoughts on my Facebook page, or on Twitter. The book is complete, but will be revised throughout 2016. All contributors to the book will be mentioned and thanked in print. Private messages can be sent via this website's contact form.