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The University of Southampton
Archaeologies of Media and Technology Research group

Abelardo Gil-Fournier

Abelardo Gil-Fournier

Abelardo Gil-Fournier is an artist and researcher interested in a media archaeological approach to the materiality of the image. His work can be described as a critical technical practice that unmakes the centrality of the human within the production and circulation of images.

His research departs from the double operation exerted by light on the world: it allows us to see, on the one hand, and it makes the living crust of the planet grow, on the other. These two parallel imprints give rise to the apparently separate realms of visual culture and agriculture, which might therefore be speculatively considered as parts of the same whole.

Abelardo's research project, in the fields of screen studies and the post-digital, stems then from this double bind and seeks in particular to highlight the transfers between the techniques of agriculture and land management with the technologies involved within the contemporary production of vision. As a practice-based research project, it aims to ground the digital image and its screens to a surface of material relations that go beyond the human and where nature, media and culture meet.

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