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Psychedelic Space and Anachronic Time: Photography and the Voyager’s Tour of the Solar System

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, April 10, 2018. 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Humanities Center Boardroom
Workshop: 
Digital Aesthetics: Critical Approaches to Computational Culture
Meeting Description: 

Elizabeth Kessler will present work from a new project on the psychedelic aesthetics of NASA's Voyager mission photos and their relationship to debates on the evidentiary nature of photography.

Please contact Jeff Nagy (jsnagy@stanford.edu) for the pre-circulated paper.

Elizabeth Kessler’s research and teaching focus on 20th and 21st century American visual culture. Her diverse interests include: the role of aesthetics, visual culture, and media in modern and contemporary science, especially astronomy; the interchange between technology and ways of seeing and representing; the history of photography; and the representation of fashion in different media. Her first book, Picturing the Cosmos: Hubble Space Telescope Images and the Astronomical Sublime, on the aesthetics of deep space images, was published in 2012. She’s currently writing on book on extraterrestrial time capsules, as well as developing a new project on fashion photography.

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