The Networked Image in Post Digital Culture

Published on November 22nd, 2022

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Networks of care: Drawing from the concept of care as described by Mol et al. (2010) and Puig de la Bellacasa (2017) and connecting this to the idea of networks of care, this chapter shows how the conceptualisation of care in digital preservation helps to comprehend the challenges of digital art preservation and networked culture more widely.

edited by Andrew Dewdney and Katrina Sluis, Routledge 2022

This collection examines how the networked image establishes new social practices for the user and presents new challenges for cultural practitioners engaged in making, curating, teaching, exhibiting, archiving and preserving born-digital objects.

The mode of vision and imaging, established through photography over the previous two centuries, has and continues to be radically reconfigured by a hybrid of algorithms, computing, programmed capture and display devices, and an array of online platforms. The image under these new conditions is filtered, fluid, fleeting, permeable, mobile and distributed and is changing our ways of seeing. The chapters in this volume are the outcome of research conducted at the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image (CSNI) and its collaboration with The Photographers’ Gallery over the last ten years. The book’s contributors investigate radical changes in the meanings and values of hybridised media in socio-technical networks and speak to the creeping automation of culture through applications of AI, social media platforms and the financialisation of data.

This interdisciplinary collection draws upon media and cultural studies, art history, art practice, photographic theory, user design, animation, museology and computer science as a way of making sense of the specific cultural consequences of the rapid succession of changes in image technologies and to bring the story up to date. It will be of particular interest to scholars and students of visual culture, media studies and photography.




Andrew Dewdney and Katrina Sluis

Part One: The condition of the networked image

1. Andrew Dewdney: The politics of the networked image: representation and reproduction

2.Katrina Sluis: The networked image after Web 2.0: Flickr and the ‘real-world’ photography of the dataset

3. Ben Burbridge: Post-capitalist photography


Part Two: Computation, software, learning

4. Nicolas Malevé: The computer vision lab: the epistemic configuration of machine vision

5. Geoff Cox: Ways of machine seeing as a problem of invisual literacy

6. Alan Warburton: Soft subjects: hybrid labour in media software


Part Three: Curating the networked image

7. Gaia Tedone: The paradoxes of curating the networked image: aesthetic currents, flows and flaws

8. Ioanna Zouli: Internet liveness and the art museum

9. Magda Tyzlik-Carver: Screenshot Situations: imaginary realities of networked images


Part Four: Digitisation and the reconfiguration of the archive

10. Annet Dekker: Networks of care

11. Lozana Rossenova: Beyond the screenshot: interface design and data protocols in the net art archive


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