The 3rd Visual Culture in Europe Meeting

6 – 7 September 2012



In recent years several discourses have come to revolve around what Susan Sontag described in On Photography as an ecology of images, a perspective which raises both epistemological and ethical questions concerning our interactions with the image. Currently there are also indications of a pressing need for the field of visual culture studies to address what we might call the visualities of ecology, or the place of environmental issues in contemporary visual culture.

Ecologies of the Visual is an international conference addressing the relationship between ecology and visuality in the broadest sense.

Venue: Dokkhuset, Trondheim (map):



NB! Please note some changes have been made to the previously published programme - below is the updated version:

Thursday 6 September


Registration and coffee


Welcome and Introduction

Nina Lager Vestberg (NTNU) and Øyvind Vågnes (University of Bergen)


Media Ecology Between the Imagescape and the Noosphere

Susanne Østby Sæther (University of Oslo)

'Hast Thou Perceived the Breadth of the Earth': Malick's Ecosophy in The Tree of Life
Diana Almeida (University of Lisbon)

Intervention in Nature and the Intervention of Nature in Urban Environments
Elena Todevska (University of St Cyril and Methodius)

12.00-13.00            Lunch break


The Activation of the Surrealist Thermometer: Weather Aesthetics and Ecology within Surrealism
Rebecca Wright (London Consortium)

Heterogeneous Spaces: The Migratory Aesthetics of Postcolonial Digital Art

Michaela Quadraro (University of Naples-L'Orientale)

Art in the courtroom: Who's responsible on global 'warming'?
Jovanka Popova (University of St Cyril and Methodius)

14.30-15.00            Break

15.00-15.30            Indeterminate Hikes+

Leila Nadir & Cary Peppermint (University of Rochester)

15.30-16.00            Concluding discussion day 1

18.30            Conference dinner (participants only)

Restaurant: To rom og kjøkken


Friday 7 September


Undoing Virtual Reality: The Use of Virtual Realities for Trier Social Stress Test – Then Taking a Virtual Green Walk to Recover

Adam Brenthel (Lund University)

Mission to Earth: Visual Interfaces for Participatory Geo-Engineering

Ksenia Fedorova (Ural Federal University and University of California Davis)

11.00-11.30 Break


'Nature' in the Expanded Field: Limits of Anthropomorphism

Max Liljefors (Lund University)

Climate Change Information and Visual Rhetoric
Marja Seliger (Aalto University)

12.30-13.30 Lunch break


Dear Hunters: Ecocriticism on YouTube

Cecilia Mörner & Johan Nilsson (Örebro University)

'A Healthy Ecosystem': Images in Public Spaces
Magda Szczesniak (University of Warsaw)

Images Slipping Through: The Dynamics of the Image Spam
Lukasz Zaremba (University of Warsaw)

15.00-16.00 Concluding discussion day 2

Attendance at the conference is free and open to everyone as far as space permits. Please note that you will be required to register upon arrival at the venue.

Organising committee

Nina Lager Vestberg (NTNU)
Øyvind Vågnes (University of Bergen)

Supported by

Department of Art and Media Studies, NTNU
Faculty of Humanities, NTNU


A folder of abstracts for all the presentations is available in as a pdf file here.

Autumn in Trondheim