This is a video of the “Metapictures” exhibition from the fall of 2018 at the Overseas Contemporary Art Terminal in Beijing. The exhibition has subsequently moved to the Royal Academy in Brussels in the spring of 2020, and will have its final realization at the Media Arts and Design Studio at the University of Chicago in the fall of 2021.
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This lecture explores direct and indirect forms of collaborative work by contemporary Palestinian and Israeli artists as part of an attempt to imagine the possibility of resolving this long-standing conflict in a way that offers justice and a decent future for Palestinians, moral redemption for Israelis. Instead of positing a “one-state solution” as a future possibility, it analyzes the “one-state condition” that is the current reality in Israel/Palestine, and many difficult transactions, translations, and transferences that characterize that condition. The lecture reflects on current debates about the BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) Movement, and the deeply contentious notions of “collaboration” and “normalization” that circulate on all sides of this conflict.
Part of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities Lecture Series on Media and Power in the Information Society. Anne Helmreich interviews W. J. T. Mitchell exploring the logic that connects cloning and terrorism as the twin phobias of our historical epoch. Recorded in Clark Hall on November 30, 2006 at Case Western Reserve University.
“Seeing Madness: Insanity, Media, and Visual Culture,” a lecture delivered at the House of World Cultures in Berlin, November 2, 2013.
W. J. T. Mitchell, after Dr. Brian Oblivion (coming soon…) The television screen is the retina of the mind’s eye. Therefore the television screen is part of the physical structure of the brain. Therefore, whatever appears on the television screen emerges as raw experience for those who watch it. Therefore, television is reality, and reality is less than television.