IMAGES Journal for Visual Studies

events: Visual studies today: The power of images


W.J.T. Mitchell
Seeing Madness: Insanity, Media, and Visual Culture

This talk raises two questions: 1) Is it possible to "see madness" or to represent it visually with any kind of certainty? 2) What motivates the desire to see madness, to put it on stage, or to capture its variable manifestations in visual images? Examples will be drawn mainly from photography, operatic spectacle, and cinema.