Czech media theorist Vilem Flusser (1920-91) coined the term "technical image" to describe the way in which images model texts in a world fundamentally changed and defined by industrialized modern culture. The fascinating collection of artists' projects assembled in "Useful Pictures" develops the notion of the technical image in a series of visual diagrams that exceed Flusser's wildest dreams - going beyond mere textual description or image mapping in order to make new connections and new sense through a hybridized visual language. The thirteen artists represented here present a series of iconic projects that combine image and text into a variety of complex diagrams that not only construe existing texts, but also propose new constructions and means of communication through radical cartography, comprehensive mapping, and thought-provokingly alternative visions.
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(241mm x 165mm x 10mm)
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Author Biography - Adelheid Mers
Adelheid Mers creates diagrams after texts, storytelling games, and organograms of institutions, and she occasionally curates exhibitions as well. She is associate professor in the Arts Administration and Policy Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.