BORDERS AND ARCHIVES UNDER THE NEW CONDITIONS OF DIGITAL VISUALITY Articles uri icon

authors

  • MART├ŹNEZ LUNA, SERGIO

publication date

  • July 2018

volume

  • 78

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1696-7348

abstract

  • Contemporary visuality is woven into new digital devices for surveillance and control, which seek interpellation and participation, and are often deemed to inform a post-human politics of the image and the gaze. The border metaphor signals physical, cultural and economic divisions, but today it also marks the boundaries between the physical and the technological. Identities also reveal their border-like character in the liminal areas between the embodied human perception and the technological gaze of artefacts. Borders take on an interfacial dimension while, at the same time, interfaces become borders. Through these relationships between border, visuality and identity, it is possible to analyse how borders and archives are articulated. Borders share with archives the capacity to include and exclude; to hide and give visibility to bodies and affections, and to practices and discourses. An important question then becomes how this articulation is rearranged within today's contemporary visuality and the logic of digital visual technologies. Faced with the imperatives of surveillance, mobility and total visualisation, it is important to rediscover the heterogeneous complexity of the encounter with the others.

keywords

  • identity; alterity; interface; border; archive