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Images of Knowledge

The Epistemic Lives of Pictures and Visualisations

Nora S. Vaage, Rasmus T. Slaattelid, Trine Krigsvoll Haagensen and Samantha L. Smith

The authors consider the relationship between knowledge and image, though multi-faceted, to be one of reciprocal dependence. But how do images carry and convey knowledge? The ambiguities of images means that interpretations do not necessarily follow the intention of the image producers. Through an array of different cases, the chapters critically reflect upon how images are mobilised and used in different knowledge practices, within certain knowledge traditions, in different historical periods. They question what we take for granted, what seems evident, what goes without saying. This approach spans across established categories such as «scientific imaging», «religious images» and «artworks», and considers how images may contribute meaning across such categories.
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Grow Your Own Views on Knowledge: Visions and framings of synthetic biology



Walking through Science Gallery Dublin’s Grow Your Own… Life After Nature exhibition, a myriad of different impressions greet the visitor. The possibility of carrying a dolphin in a human womb, bacteria that can give colour-coded warning of diseases, and gold made by bacteria are just some of the materialised visions we are met with. And the visual is not the only sense stimulated: The pungent scent of cheeses made with bacteria from different parts of human bodies leaves a lingering impression in the nostrils.

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