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Public Lecture
Wed. September 20 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM
63 5th Ave, UL 105

The relationship between knowledge and visual forms has changed as tools and platforms used for data display, discovery, and modeling have become ubiquitous. These practices raise basic questions about the nature of visual epistemology—whether it is a primary, secondary, or tertiary form of knowledge. This talk addresses some of the ways these practices and the assumptions on which they are based raise concerns for work in the humanities, broadly considered. Current projects in computational and digital scholarship form one set of focus points for this talk, but the argument stresses conceptual continuities between analog and digital practices in order to call attention to the particular features of computational work in information visualization. At stake are questions of cultural authority and the politics of representation as well as issues in the status of visuality as they relate to future research.
Johanna Drucker is the inaugural Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. She is internationally known for her work in the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, fine art, and digital humanities. In addition, she has a reputation as a book artist, and her limited edition works are in special collections and libraries worldwide. Her most recent titles include SpecLab: Digital Aesthetics and Speculative Computing (Chicago, 2009), and Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide (Pearson, 2008, 2nd edition late 2012). She is currently working on a database memoire, ALL, the online Museum of Writing in collaboration with University College London and King’s College, and a letterpress project titled Stochastic Poetics. A collaboratively written work, Digital_Humanities, with Jeffrey Schnapp, Todd Presner, Peter Lunenfeld, and Anne Burdick is forthcoming from MIT Press.

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