It’s been a while since my last update, but as you might imagine it’s just PhD life going on as usual: reading, writing (occasionally about stuff that doesn’t have anything to do with my dissertation), and generally doing work that takes time to brew. Luckily I have a couple relevant things to share in the next month or so that you’ll know about in due time.
The first thing is I had the chance to curate this month’s Must Sees at The Hmm. The Hmm is a “real-life Tumblr”, a series of events happening at different venues in Amsterdam and featuring lots of cool presentations about visual culture. It’s fun. The Must Sees section is a sort of online residency program they have: a different Image Editor each month selects four images, which can be weird or zeitgest-y or relevant to the research the editor is doing.
My own selection predictably reflects the topics regular readers of this blog (all four of you) are already familiar with: the construction of the criminal through social media voyeurism (e.g. 6ix9ine memes), the aesthetics of the digital nomad (most notably the #solotraveller pose), creative tactics of stereotype subversion (represented for example by this IG account), and a reminder of AI fallacy (a bit of a Xmas present). Each image represents an aspect of my research project and there is a little text below that explains it, with lots of links.