Visual and New Media Review

Visual and New Media Review is a multimedia forum for expanding the boundaries of academic and artistic engagement. Working at the intersections of anthropology, contemporary art, media, sound and film studies, and the digital humanities, the section seeks to sustain dialogues among these kindred pursuits and to provide a platform for experimental and innovative work, as well as critical assessment and reviews of scholarship, film, and visual culture.

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Questions and proposals for guest posts can be sent to section editor Andrés Romero at [email protected]

Book Forum: The Blind Man

Book Forum: The Blind Man

And if seeing was fire, I required the plenitude of fire, And if seeing would infect me with madness, I madly wanted that madness.–Maurice Blanchot Robert Desja... More

(De)compositions: A Review of Anthropocene

(De)compositions: A Review of Anthropocene

Our entrance into Anthropocene was initiated by a loud noise of what we imagined to be a bomb exploding. Repeated on a loop from a concealed source, this sonic ... More

Streaming Closeness: A Review of Present.Perfect

Streaming Closeness: A Review of Present.Perfect

Since its inception in 2005, the live-streaming industry has grown into a $5 billion enterprise. Today, hundreds of thousands of Chinese anchors (主播; zhu bo) ar... More

Review: I’ve got a little problem

Review: I’ve got a little problem

I’ve got a little problem (2018) Directed by Ren Hang Documentary film, 44 min. * * *... More

Letting Stories Speak: A Review of Dead Souls

Letting Stories Speak: A Review of Dead Souls

Dead Souls (2018) begins with this still. It is all the context that the documentarist, Wang Bing, provides for the viewer. Then, for almost eight hours, surv... More

Book Forum: Violence’s Fabled Experiment

Book Forum: Violence’s Fabled Experiment

Richard Baxstrom and Todd Meyers’s Violence’s Fabled Experiment (2018) is a superb account of the relationship between images, violence, and history. It is al... More

Storying Otherwise. A Review of Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival

Storying Otherwise. A Review of Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival

“We need other kinds of stories,” Donna Haraway implores as she faces the camera. “Storying otherwise,” in Haraway’s expression, is an apt characterization of... More

The Politics of Compilation: Around India with Sandhya Suri

The Politics of Compilation: Around India with Sandhya Suri

How does one approach the past? Whether as a vast, uneven field, a spiral, or a stairway, spatial metaphors fail to do justice to time. Excavating memory, as ... More

Archiving Postcolonial Modernity: The Foreign Service Family Slide Show

Archiving Postcolonial Modernity: The Foreign Service Family Slide Show

My father worked for the Indian Foreign Service from 1955 to 1982. During this period our nuclear family lived in several countries across Africa, South America... More

Navigating the Anarchy of Debris: Observing the Loss of Material Sovereignty

Navigating the Anarchy of Debris: Observing the Loss of Material Sovereignty

This essay is an immersive exploration of an abandoned industrial site, which addresses the degeneration of materials and the imagery of ruination. By visually ... More