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A collaborative blog by DJCAD MFA class of 2011-12

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Thoughts Concerning the Epistemology of Space and Visual Culture.

What is knowledge, how is knowledge acquired? How do we know what we know? Who decides and normalises that knowledge into common knowledge? And how is Space concerned? These questions call for an exploration into different interpretations of space as a means of analysing and questioning how we draw knowledge from all aspects of contemporary society through social encounter and the effect which that has on social consciousness. Space is integral to this question as this is where we dwell and in which all these social signifiers exist. The nature of space allows for a constant reconfiguring of use and an exploration of the knowledge gained from that process. An epistemological study into contemporary visual culture leads us to reconsider and to remake opinions between Space Place and Public Agency. How people perceive space and how it is ordered into place and therefore think and act accordingly.
These epistemological questions lie at the centre of all fields of study which strive to communicate within social culture. As visual culture and visual media has evolved to encompass vast sways of our lives the need has never been greater to question the epistemology of visual culture and for a critical analysis of the spaces in which it dwells if ‘Space is never void of social relations’[1]. This may give a cultural barometer into social structures, opinions and the extent or existence of hegemonic influences which colour our view.

[1] Henri LefebvreThe production of Space (Blackwell, Oxford and London) 1993 p22

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