Talks and Events
Fri 29 Nov 2019

Decoding the Gaze: Iconography and the Algorithm

11.00–18.00

Explore the role of images in shaping how social justice movements are represented in today’s post-social media landscape in this one-day symposium

Images are crucial in revealing social injustice. Shared instantly online across a range of digital platforms, single photographed moments have the potential to define and empower the social justice movements they represent. But does corporate interest influence the circulation of viral imagery on the channels it controls? What is the relationship between user participation and algorithmic distribution? And to what extent do these algorithms, predicated on historical systems of oppression and inequality, reinforce prejudices and stymie a genuine democratisation of image making?

Join this symposium for a deeper inquiry into how the political efficacy of social justice movements is impacted by their visualisation in virtual space. Through a series of talks, presentations and debates, we will look at the ways in which these movements have been helped and hindered by the rapid flow of iconic imagery on social media.

In collaboration with VISIBLE JUSTICE, a transdisciplinary research collective based at  London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. 

£15/£10 members & concessions.

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