Visual and Critical Studies Thesis Symposium

April 27, 2013 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus

Reception to follow presentations
Free and open to the public.

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All social systems are first and foremost visual systems. Thus, processes of social transformation necessarily transpire within the visual arena. Visuality serves to introduce change -- new creative models, new political paradigms, new relational possibilities, new poetic forms -- into social contexts.

This is what makes the ability to interpret visual information and promote critical revisioning so crucial during periods of transformation.

The Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies trains students to deeply engage visual culture by refining written and oral presentation abilities, sharpening critical faculties, fostering research skills, expanding methodological options, and furthering the development of both creative and traditional modes of critical expression.

This year’s cohort presents innovative and transformative research in the field of visual studies at the program’s capstone event, the 2013 VCS Spring Symposium. In this daylong public symposium, eight graduate candidates will interrogate the politics and poetics of visual culture.

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Greer Morgan Gainer
Reconfiguring Legibility: On the Rhizome with Graphic Design

Malia R. Helfmeyer
The Slot, the Hinge, and the High-Rise: The Politics of Space and the Rhetoric of Urban Development in San Francisco's South of Market Area

Ekin Kalayci
Making the New Turkish Woman from the Fantasy of the Modern West

Emily A. Kuhlmann
Making Visible Bodies: Artistic Interventions of Recognition and Responsibility

Raquel P. Nakoneczny
Sculpting Humanity in the Work of Ernesto Neto

Marisa Pushee
The Hand That Grasps: Anthropomorphism in Visual Representations of Nonhuman Animals

Amanda N. Simons
Until __________ Do Us Part: Paradoxical Representations of Same-Sex Marriage in Post-DOMA United States

Henry Witecki
Suddenly Another Me Is Dead: The Art of Tyler, the Creator