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Camiel van Winkel

The Regime of Visibility

Design: Simon Davies and Lauran Schijvens (Studio LSD, Rotterdam), Illustrated (b/w), Paperback, sewn, 208 pages, Format: 17 x 24 cm
English edition, ISBN 90-5662-425-3 / 978-90-5662-425-5, € 30.00
Dutch edition, ISBN 90-5662-424-5 / 978-90-5662-424-8

In association with the College of Fine Arts and Design/AKV/St. Joost (Avans University), Den Bosch/Breda
With the support of the Mondriaan Foundation, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and the Prince Bernhard Cultural Foundation

The regime of visibilityOur contemporary lives in the midst of visual media mean that everyone and everything wants to be visible. Success means visibility and visibility means success. This 'regime' also governs all forms of cultural production, 'high' as well as 'low'. Camiel van Winkel seeks out examples in this book, such as the sculpture terrace in Rotterdam, the Netherlands Architecture Institute's national architecture plaque and the behaviour of politicians on the campaign trail, but also film posters, reality soaps and the film The Matrix.

The author argues that the continously expanding visual culture makes it necessary to reconsider the relationship between art and mass culture, between forms of autonomous and applied art.
The Regime of Visibility is a critical book that examines and interprets the various interfaces between visual art and other forms of culture - high and low - in an original manner. It could be seen as a sequel to Camiel van Winkel's first book, Moderne leegte. Over kunst en openbaarheid ('The Modern Void. On Art and the Public Condition'), which was published in 1999 to wide critical acclaim.

Camiel van Winkel is an art historian. He regularly publishes critiques and essays in a variety of periodicals and catalogues. He was recently appointed as Lecturer in Visual Art at the College of Fine Arts and Design/AKV/St. Joost in Den Bosch, the Netherlands. From 1995 to 2000 he was editor of Archis: Magazine for Architecture, the City and Visual Culture. From 2000 to 2004 he was editor of the Flemish-Dutch art periodical De Witte Raaf. In 2000 he was awarded the Jan Bart Klaster Prize for art criticism for his book Moderne leegte. Over kunst en openbaarheid ('The Modern Void. On Art and the Public Condition').

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