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CFP - Anonymous: The Void in Visual Culture (Fusion, Issue 9, 2016)

Anonymous: The Void in Visual Culture
(Fusion, Issue 9, 2016)
Editors: Dr Sam Bowker, Charles Sturt University & Professor Craig Bremner, Charles Sturt University
Ever since Vasari published the 'Vite' in 1550, art history has been skewed in favour of named individuals whose biographies can be unveiled or re-evaluated. However, the majority of contributions to visual culture do not fit this criterion.

Re: Commentary - Stephennie Mulder on Palmyra and Syria's Cultural Heritage

Professor Mulder's comments are absolutely right - there is no dichotomy between human beings and human culture. I heard these arguments rehearsed in essence when I was working at the Bodleian Library, which possesses a book (nothing especially rare) which was saved when it was thrown out of a window during the Great Fire of London. A discussion arose: if you had a choice, which would you save, a baby or a book? The baby, obviously. But what if it were a very rare book? Well, still the baby. What if it were the only known copy of Shakespeare's works? Well, ... still the baby.