Panel Three Abstracts

Panel Three, Presenter Four

Lisa Phillips
M.A. Candidate, Visual Culture, Illinois State University

Presentation Title:
Meeting Grounds: An Ethics of Seeing Faye HeavyShield
The symposium question is: What does it mean to allow images to
speak for themselves–to respect the excess that inheres to images and their
resistance to language? Assuming that the question is not meant rhetorically,
I suggest that it is a way for the image to speak to the mind’s eye with direct
clarity. From that position, the title of the symposium–Writing With Images
gives the writer a different role when engaging with images. The image
becomes a partner to the text as a source of critical creative thinking. The
writer that pairs text with image becomes a curator not an analyst.
My essay touches on non-Western ideas about art and its purpose,
considers a Native American context through images, and highlights Faye
HeavyShield’s 2004 “blood” installation and exhibit catalogue. I offer a
creatively engaged meeting ground for artists, scholars, educators, and
curators. It is a potential space where we can consider alternatives to
unconsciously settled methods of meaning-making when looking at images
from a Western perspective. I suggest a ethical paradigm shift from a
European based art canon to one that is indigenous to this continent in order
to consider a different source of critical creative thought that is more in tune
with our land-based environment.

Panel Three, Presenter Five

Marianna Davison
M.A. Candidate, Visual Culture, Illinois State University

Presentation Title:
Hetero-normalization in the Visual Culture of (Bio)Medicalization:
Writing with Images to Interrogate Constructions of Erotophobia
While grappling with the concept of erotophobia as a result of heteronormative
constructions and reconstructions of binary gender roles within the
visual culture of neoliberal late capitalism, I found Foucault’s discussion of the
institutionalized normalization of gender roles as a function of governmental
biopolitics in The Birth of Biopolitics particularly inspiring (1978-79, 2010). I
was also recently exposed to the concept and theory of biomedicalization (the
capitalist driven individualization and technoscientification of things medical)
as espoused by a group of sociologists, specifically, Adele Clark and Elainne
Riska, who use the theory of (bio)medicalization to explore the visual culture
of medicine.
I use Clark and Riska’s poststructuralist deconstruction of (bio)medicalized
gender norms to engage my own visual critical theory of biopolitics
and hetero-normalization in order to consider the erotophobic implications,
effects, and opposition of these regimes of power. As I build upon these
concepts, I also engage Sunil Manghani’s concept of image critique. (2008, 22)
I will not formally analyze images in this presentation. Instead, I will exhibit
images that complement and inform my theoretical discourse and writing.
Visuals from advertising (Direct-to-consumer drug advertisement, the “Viagra
Man”), fine arts (Martha Rosler, David Wojnarowicz), and media (the documentary
film, Orgasm, Inc.) along with feminist and queer theory, Foucauldian
discourse analysis, and semiotics engage a conversation between theory and
visual objects in this presentation.


About Lisa

I am an Assistant Professor of Technical Communication and Rhetoric at Texas Tech University.
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