Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9780945323174 Published January 2009

Useful Pictures

Edited by Adelheid Mers

Useful Pictures

Edited by Adelheid Mers

Distributed for WhiteWalls

With Essays by Beehive Collective, Carolyn Bernstein, Ismiaji Cahjono, V. Corzo-Duchardt, Kevin Henry, Shane Huffman, Iain Kerr, Andrew Lochhead, Heidi Neubauer-Winterburn, Claire Pentecost, Ward Shelley, Spurse, and Michelle Tupko
128 pages | 6-1/2 x 9-1/2
Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9780945323174 Published January 2009
Czech media theorist Vilém Flusser (1920-1991) coined the term “technical image” to describe the way in which images model texts in a world fundamentally changed and defined by industrialized modern culture. The fascinating collection of artists’ projects assembled in Useful Pictures develops the notion of the technical image in a series of visual diagrams that exceed Flusser’s wildest dreams—going beyond mere textual description or image mapping in order to make new connections and new sense through a hybridized visual language. The thirteen artists represented here present a series of iconic projects that combine image and text into a variety of complex diagrams that not only construe existing texts, but also propose new constructions and means of communication through radical cartography, comprehensive mapping, and thought-provokingly alternative visions.

Notes from the Editor

Adelheid Mers


Public Amateurs: Embracing the Trial and Error Life

Claire Pentecost


Mapping the Travails of Autonomous Art

Ward Shelley


Cross-Pollinating the Grassroots

Beehive Collective


Chains of Custody

V. Corzo-Duchardt


The Mandala of Difference

Ismiaji Cahjono


Ring Road 16 Days

Michelle Tupko


The Dialectical Seed

Kevin Henry


Yew Tree Project

Carolyn Bernstein


Cartography of Imagined Communities

Andrew Lochhead


How to Erase Images with American Words

Heidi Neubauer-Winterburn


Notes on Immanent Assemblages

Iain Kerr


Three Diagrammatic Researches and Eleven Theses on Hyper-Natural Entanglements



Mapping Self

Tricia Van Eck


Contributor’s Biographies

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