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Invisibility Studies

Surveillance, Transparency and the Hidden in Contemporary Culture


Henriette Steiner and Kristin Veel

Invisibility Studies explores current changes in the relationship between what we consider visible and what invisible in different areas of contemporary culture. Contributions trace how these changes make their marks on various cultural fields and investigate the cultural significance of these developments, such as transparency and privacy in urban architecture and the silent invasion of surveillance technologies into everyday life. The book contends that when it comes to the changing relationship of the visible and the invisible, the connection between seeing and not being seen is an exchange conditioned by physical and social settings that create certain possibilities for visibility and visuality, yet exclude others. The richness and complexity of this cultural framework means that no single discipline or interdisciplinary approach could capture it single-handedly. Invisibility Studies begins this conversation by bringing together scholars across the fields of architectural history and theory, art, film and literature, philosophy, cultural theory and contemporary anthropology as well as featuring work by a collective of artists.
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CLAUS BECH-DANIELSEN is a Professor at Aalborg University, where he has for some years been Coordinator of Architectural Research at the Danish Building Research Institute. He has served as Research Director at the Institute, and is now Head of the Danish Centre for Housing Research, and Editor in chief of the Nordic Journal of Architectural Research. Bech-Danielsen has published several books in different languages. He holds different positions of trust in the Scandinavian research community, and at the moment he is the chairman of two Danish Think Tanks. Bech-Danielsen has received awards for his work, among them The Danish Business Research Prize from The Danish Business Research Academy.

NANNA BONDE THYLSTRUP is a PhD Fellow at the Department of Modern Culture and Communication, University of Copenhagen. Thylstrup’s dissertation outlines and examines the politics of mass-digitised archives. She has furthermore published and given lectures on digital censorship, digital archives and the geopolitics of information.

LORENS HOLM is Reader in Architecture and Director of the Geddes Institute for Urban Research at the University of Dundee. He has taught at the Architectural Association, the Bartlett, the Mackintosh, and Washington University in St Louis. His teaching/research focuses on the threads that link architecture to philosophy, history, psychoanalysis, and machines. Publications include Brunelleschi Lacan Le Corbusier: Architecture Space and the Construction of Subjectivity (Routledge, 2010). His papers have appeared in The Journal of Architecture, Perspecta, Critical Quarterly, Architecture Theory Review, and Assemblage.

SLAVKO KACUNKO (PhD, Dr. habil...

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