Literature, New Media, and Perception (Part 1) (Panel)


Post/colonial / Cultural Studies and Media Studies

Bora Kang (SUNY Binghamton University)

With the invention of photography in the mid-19th century, reality no longer depended on the autonomous interpretation of the subject's view, but was instead objectively perceived and recognizable. Contrary to painting, photography fueled changes in perception and perceived reality by realistically reproducing the object as it exists. Now, the 21st century stands under the aegis of the image, a culture dominated by pictures, visual simulations, illusions, copies, and reproductions—creating an inflection point where visual paradigms compete with and even threaten traditional practices. New technological achievements of the digital era have led to revolutionary changes in communication and representation and formed new connections between literature and visual arts. Further, a computerized media has penetrated all fields of aesthetics and material culture, raising philosophical and aesthetic concerns about the distinction between art and nature, the status of the original and its imitation, and the artist and the artifact. In this session, we will examine the vibrations and interactions between new technological media (especially visual media or art) and perception to explore how they are revealed in literature.

With the invention of photography in the mid-19th century, reality no longer depended on the autonomous interpretation of the subject's view, but was instead objectively perceived and recognizable. Contrary to painting, photography fueled changes in perception and perceived reality by realistically reproducing the object as it exists. Now, the 21st century stands under the aegis of the image, a culture dominated by pictures, visual simulations, illusions, copies, and reproductions—creating an inflection point where visual paradigms compete with and even threaten traditional practices. New technological achievements of the digital era have led to revolutionary changes in communication and representation and formed new connections between literature and visual arts. Further, a computerized media has penetrated all fields of aesthetics and material culture, raising philosophical and aesthetic concerns about the distinction between art and nature, the status of the original and its imitation, and the artist and the artifact. In this session, we will examine the vibrations and interactions between new technological media (especially visual media or art) and perception to explore how they are revealed in literature.