Visiocracy and Grammatology of Images:

Making Images of the A-Visible

Wed, 04/06/2016
209 Scheide Caldwell House
Princeton University Community: Faculty, Fellows, Students, Staff

A Dialogue with:

Peter Goodrich
Cardozo School of Law, NYC
Sigrid Weigel
Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung Berlin; Permanent Visiting Prof., Princeton University, German Department
Niklaus Largier
University of California, Berkeley; Visiting Prof., Princeton University, German Department
Organized by:
Daniela Gandorfer

Peter Goodrich’s Legal Emblems and the Art of Law: Obiter Depicta as the Vision of Governance (2014) and Sigrid Weigel’s Grammatologie der Bilder (2015) both examine pictorial practices outside the standard domains of art history. Their research expands questions of image theory into the fields of law, governance, politics, science, and religion.

At this workshop, Goodrich and Weigel will discuss procedures that visualize phenomena and elude the visible: legal authority and justice for the former; emotions, thoughts, and the transcendental, for the latter. They will focus on the role played by images derived from rituals, cults, and religion in providing a site of presence for such ideas and phenomena, effectively enthroning them in the world.