Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien
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Date | 20.06.2017, 6.00 p.m.
Venue | Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Lehárgasse 8, 1060 Vienna, Prospekthof, gate 2

Organized by the Network for the Advancement of Women.


To what extent was the invention of pornography a break with previous forms of erotic art? Why did such images arise especially in modernity? Many scholars assume that this invention simply extended the ever-increasing verisimilitude of all technological visual forms of representation. This lecture argues that the intrusion of techniques for exciting lust in viewers was less a product of the rise of the greater verisimilitude in the invention of photography and more a product of the way new visual technologies redefined vision itself as an irrational excitation of sensations that have no necessary link to a referent.

Linda Williams (*1946) is an American Professor in Film & Media and Rhetoric at University of California, Berkeley.