Visual Cultures

An explorative journey in which we seek to share dialogue, thoughts, and ideas with fellow explorers on visual expressions.

Targets as we are of the formatted mass media, our purpose is to map forms of visual expression in order to create understanding, preventing stereotypes and uniformity. Through research, analysis, dialogue and collaboration.

Mapping visual propaganda versus people’s claims

You can participate taking pictures of stands that reinforce neo-capitalist propaganda with classist, sexist, racist, normative and exclusionary visual messages, and of
hand made signs and banners that claim for justice or denounce socio-political problems.

In this project, we are mapping posters, billboards, signs and banners that either broadcast power discourses or civil action. We want to see them in continuity (in the same context-cities, durimg the same period in time), to map how poluted is the public space with manipulative or falsely-contextualized visuals, and how is the public space used for the expression of disobedience and social demands. How the two look like? Do we, as citizens, still use the textual medium next to the overload of visual propaganda? Or are people raising with the same tools for counter purposes?

Visual propaganda can be asfixiating, their repetitivenes indoctrinating, unwanted, often unnoticed. The “unnoticedness” plays an influencial role. Without being conscious of the message, it somehow affects us. Its meaning penetrates like a flash when we pass by, without time to interpret the incoming visual stimuli. It functions as subliminal messages in advertising, sneaking political propaganda into our minds.
Wall paintings, graffiti, or banners from the folk compete for the public space in unequal terms. Is that so? Are there places where we are taking over? How and where?

Open Call

We invite you to share photographs that demonstrate the visual discourses of power versus the discourses of people in our different communities, contexts, situations and visual cultures.

The purpose of this call is to map this phenomenon. Understanding the emotional impact of visual communication and dis-information in our polarized and divided societies (like we experience in Catalunya and in The Netherlands). Understanding the need to debunk, self-educate, self-express. We will make a publication in a form that suits the results.

If you belong to another field of research and would like to collaborate on this project, we’d love to open it! We believe in the power of trans-disciplinary work.