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Podium Issue 1

Visual Culture

This first issue of Podium explores the wide and sometimes contested field of visual culture. As our world becomes more attuned to the visual, settling on a single definition of visual culture is neither easy nor even necessary. Instead, we might embrace the benefits of fluidity: of being able to transcend traditional disciplines of art history, architecture, design or film; of thinking past the limitations of media or material; of expanding the field to encompass not just objects, but also modes of visuality, systems of vision, and the enhanced circulations that lie therein. This core of writings opens up our query into this complex domain via texts that investigate contemporary visual technologies and visual art, plus two additional layers of reflection on important historic exhibitions.

In keeping with our flexible format, all Podium issues are periodically updated over time. Please check back with us to see the most recent articles.

Visual Culture Questionnaire

Museums, Managers of Consciousness

On Smallness in Hong Kong Art

Out of the Shadows and Into the Sunshine: A Reflection on the Contemporary Art Scenes of L.A. and Hong Kong

Visual Activism and the Snapchat Generation

Cities on the Move: Twenty Years On


Editorial Board: Pauline J. Yao, Doryun Chong, Cole Roskam, Vivian Ting
Editorial assistant: Vera Lam
Contributors: Nicholas Mirzoeff, Wong Hoy Cheong, Lars Nittve, Winnie Wong, Hans Haacke, Lee Weng Choy, Yeewan Koon, Gala Porras-Kim, Iftikhar Dadi, Beng-Lan Goh
Translators: Erica Leung, Gabriella Berggren, Fang-Tze Hsu, Luisa Ku, Alvin Yiu, Louisa Chan, Jessie Ng, Mary Lee
With additional support from: Lara Day, Chris Sullivan, Ellen Oredsson, LW Lam, Yuling Zhong, Amy Leung, Justina Chong, Siobhan McGowan

Image at top: Exhibition leaflet for Cities on the Move 4, Museum for Moderne Kunst, Louisiana, Humlebæk, Denmark, 1999.

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