Image Science

Year: 2020
Image Science
Class of the Arts

Steering Committee of the Thinkers Programme Image Science

Barbara Baert
Tom De Mette
Inez Dua
Freddy Dumortier
Willem Elias
Frank Merkx
Tom Mitchell
Elisabeth Monard
Peter Swinnen
Hilde Van Gelder
Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven
Géry van Outryve d'Ydewalle
Bart Verschaffel
Johan Wagemans
Nele Wynants


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This programme was initiated by Hilde Van Gelder (KU Leuven) and Bart Verschaffel (Ghent University), members of the Class of the Arts. It is a discursive project, reflecting on the exhibition ‘Metapictures’ (Beijing 2018), curated by Thinker-in-residence W.J.T. Mitchell. The second part of the programma will consist of roundtable discussions and a final symposium on the topic of ‘Image Science’ (publication by Mitchell). 


Photos: Courtesy of OCAT Institute




    This programme would have taken place March-May 2020. Due to the international COVID-19 crisis, all meetings and activities have been cancelled.

    More information coming soon.

    CANCELLED: Metapictures, Vandenhove, Gent

    • Installation of the ‘Metapictures’ exhibition
    • March 26th: inaugural lecture by W.J.T. Mitchell and public event with Anthony Gormley

    CANCELLED: Palace of the Academies, Brussels

    • Exhibition ‘Metapictures’
    • May 12: workshop with Norman McLeod
    • May 18: public debate with W.J.T. Mitchell and Jacques Rancière at BOZAR
    • May 19: finaly symposium at the Academy Palace with W.J.T. Mitchell (Thinker-in-Residence), Horst Bredekamp (HU, Berlin), Xavier Wrona (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Saint-Etienne), Mieke Bal (Amsterdam), Marie-José Mondzain (Paris). Performance by Janice Misurell-Mitchell.
    W.J.T. Mitchell

    W. J. T. Mitchell is Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor of art, literature, and cinema at the University of Chicago. He is primarily known as a founder of the field called “visual culture and iconology”, the study of images across the media. His many books include Picture Theory, Image Science, What Do Pictures Want? Seeing through Race, Iconology, and Cloning Terror: The War of Images, 9-11 to the Present. His memoir of his son’s twenty year artistic struggle with schizophrenia, Mental Traveler, will appear in the spring of 2020, to be followed by Seeing through Madness: Insanity, Media, and Visual Culture in 2021. He is currently working on a new book entitled Present Tense: An Iconology of Times. Professor Mitchell has also edited numerous books, including The Politics of Interpretation, On Narrative, The Language of Images, and Landscape and Power. He has served as editor-in-chief of the quarterly journal, Critical Inquiry, since 1978. Personal Home Page