Material and Visual Revolutions. Post-production Tools for Change

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Simone Fehlinger


Since contemporary Western visual culture constitutes its reality in images, reality can be post-produced through editing techniques — as artist and writer Hito Steyerl suggested. Departing from this hypothesis, this paper explores post-production as both a conceptual tool as well as a concrete design method and practice in order to change the Anthropocene’s actualities. It illustrates the assembling gesture of post-production as a tool of knowledge creation and presents furthermore the preconditions of a scenario with the capacity to alternate already post-produced contemporary worlds. The ongoing project New Weather TV focuses on the production, diffusion, and reception of the Anthropocene through the image. In considers that, given that the Earth has been transformed into a television studio, a design studio, weather is an everyday screen practice that incorporates modern and Anthropocene ideologies into our daily realities. The project aims to re-design the images of the weather report in order to perform non-colonial and non-Anthropocene attitudes via the technique of chroma keying.

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Fehlinger, S. (2020). Material and Visual Revolutions. Post-production Tools for Change. Diseña, (16), 124–147.
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Simone Fehlinger, Cité du design-ESADSE

Diplom (FH) in Graphic Design and Visual Communication, Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences. MA in Political Arts (SPEAP), Sciences Po Paris. Designer, videographer and researcher at the Deep Design Lab at the Cité du design-ESADSE in Saint-Etienne (France), she develops a research methodology at the intersection of art, design and social sciences. She explores fiction-based realities by questioning the performativity of design and its ability to create ideologies through form. With a particular interest in the imagery of the Anthropocene, political fictions, and contemporary visual and material culture, she understands design as a discipline defining the interactions between human and nonhuman actors. She is conducting a research project performing a new weather channel with the intention to re-design ‒ to post-produce ‒ the images of the weather forecast that incorporate modern ideologies in our daily reality and structure hence modern attitudes.