Author: Isabelle Marshall

Simulacra and Simulation

Jean Baudrillard’s Simulacra and Simulation describes the “hyper-real” plane that has developed and reverberates through our lives. You can find it all throughout the U.S.: Disneyland, strip malls, Cancun’s in Red Hook. They are all simulations. He describes how today, we reinjection the natural into new synthetic forms; we drive to the gym to stare out the window while running…

Cyborgism: Haraway, Huxtable and New Feminism

Virtual online worlds have revolutionized our communities due to their global reach and also their disembodiment. I believe that part of why the LGBTQ and feminist communities have developed such a vast and thriving online life is the fact that the Internet is severed from the body. It presents a reality distinct from the physical, and as such attracts people…

Group C: McCloud’s Understanding Comics

Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art asks for increased visual literacy by using the medium of comics to discuss the attributes and powers of the form, causing the reader to slow down the unique mental mechanisms that go into use when reading images paired with text. The comic strip is a relatively recent innovation, first appearing around the mid…

Group C: Proliferation and Increased Tempo of Image Production

Walter Benjamin delves into the history and dilemmas of modern images in “Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.” He discusses pre- and post photographic worlds, what is gained and what is lost through the ability to reproduce pictures. After the advent of photography, a great shift was brought about in the ways we consume images, how we think about…