237.130 Week 12 – Mirzoeff Reading Notes

“For many artists, academics and others who see themselves as visual activists, visual culture is a way to forms of change.”  (289) – There is an increasing trend towards activism employing visual culture to incite change.

“What does it mean to be seen to be a citizen in this global era? Who represents us at local and national levels in a globalized society?” (290)

“How do we represent ourselves, visually and politically?” (291). – Simultaneously, revolutions began around representation visually, in the media and entertainment industries, and politically, as the world globalized.

“For what has become clear is that the implication of ‘they do not represent us’ (in all senses of that term) is that we must find ways to represent ourselves. Visual activism, from the selfie to the projection of a new concept of the ‘people’, and the necessity of seeing the Anthropocene, is now engaged in trying to make that change.”  (293). – Being a global citizen, then, is being able to represent yourself, stand up for what you believe, and take action against goveernments and actions that ‘do not represent us’. It is having an awareness about the world, and the knowledge to do something about it or recognize other peoples’ actions.

“Grace Lee Boggs begins every meeting with a question: ‘What time is it on the clock of the world?’.” (293) – The need to think globally and account for all people. Particularly important considering my issue – food waste does not just effect yourself, but everyone. When that food could be used for someone else, or the land for cows could feed locals. It’s about realising the supply chain and the resources and labour and true cost of the food we eat.

“Visionary organizing is a way of thinking about how we might use our creative energies to better ends than cutting jobs and increasing profits. It is another form of visual activism. People around the world are coming to similar conclusions and finding new ways to engage with how to imagine change.” (295)

“We can actively use visual culture to create new self-images, new ways to see and be seen, and new ways to see the world.”




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