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Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design & Media

Staff Seminar Series - Ryan Bishop Seminar

Winchester School of Art
16:00 - 18:00
26 March 2014
MA Common Room, Room Number 3023, Level 3, Eastside Building, WSA

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Dr Victoria Walters at .

Event details

Further Afield: The Cultural Politics of Remote Sensing in the Long Cold War

A legacy of the “Long Cold War” can be found in the multiple large-scale interrelated remote sensing systems operative in the present. The history of remote sensing is the history of media generally, especially electric and electronic media. Such technologies reconfigure the imaginaries such that they can decontextualize the observing subject from the time-space constraints of the corporeal body, all of which has profound implications for the ways in which we constitute the subject. When those technologies become autonomous, then the position of the subject, especially the political subject, is destabilized. Through an examination of the longer trajectory of remote sensing systems as well as a consideration of the term autonomous (as constituted by "auto-" and "nomos"), this paper will consider the complex interrelationships between techne, thought, the subject as political and philosophical entity, and geopolitics.

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