Welcome to the George Washington Wilson Centre for Visual Culture. Based in the School of Language and Literature, the Centre brings together researchers from across the University with an interest in visual culture broadly defined, including film, photography, art history, anthropology and museum studies. Its members share a common concern in investigating the nature of visual culture, how it is understood, and how it functions across different times, places and contexts. The Centre facilitates a range of activities which promote research into visual culture, including a regular reading group and seminar series; international conferences; and public engagement through Aberdeen University’s May Festival and work with regional partners. Centre members also teach the MLitt in Visual Culture, which is hosted by the School of Language and Literature.

The Centre takes its name from the George Washington Wilson photographic collection held by the University Library. Part of its remit is to promote and engage with this substantial and historically important collection of photographic material from the late nineteenth century. The University’s photography collection also includes the archive of the Aberdeen Harbour Board, which captures the development of Aberdeen as a major port from the 1880s to the 1930s. To find out more about the Centre and its activities, and to take part in our discussions, please visit our blog.

Dr Amy Bryzgel, Director 

Professor Edward Welch and Dr Áine Larkin, Associate Directors

Purpose and Aims

GWW is based in the School of Language and Literature at the University of Aberdeen in Northeast Scotland. The GWW mission is to bring together researchers from across the University with an interest in visual culture broadly defined, including film, photography, art history, anthropology and museum studies. Its members share a common concern in investigating visual culture: what it is; how it functions across different times, places and contexts; how we encounter or understand it. 

 

VISION is the public programme of events offered by the GWW Centre for Visual Culture and the Department of Film and Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen. The series comprises a range of activities, all free to the public, such as: Director’s Cut, an interview series with professionals from the film industry; Ice Cube, one-off events taking place in the University Library Gallery space in between exhibitions; as well as live art and body art performances, film screenings, talks, public interviews, and exhibitions. VISION aims to showcase local talent in Aberdeen city and shire, while also bringing internationally recognized artists, directors and researchers to Aberdeen, presenting the Northeast of Scotland as a key player in the international arts scene.

Research Projects

Members of the GWW are working on a diverse range of projects.

 

Dr. Amy Bryzgel’s research into Performance Art in Eastern Europe has just recently been published by Manchester University Press.

 

Dr. Silvia Casini works on Visual culture of contemporary science and medicine, scientific imaging techniques. Her recent book is entitled The portrait-scan: Imagining the brain between neuroscience and art.

 

Dr. Katya Krylova focuses on the Visual Culture and Cinema of German and Austrian, and her 2017 monograph is entitled The Long Shadow of the Past: Contemporary Austrian Literature, Film, and Culture.

 

Mr Alan MacPherson works on Ecocriticism; ecopoetics; the Anthropocene; new materialisms; intermediality; participatory art; walking, and is completing his PhD dissertation entitled 'Towards an Intermedial Ecopoetics: Kathleen Jamie, Hamish Fulton, and Patrick Keiller’.

 

Professor Alan Marcus researches on sites of trauma, representations of the city, identity and place. His most recent film, ‘The New Colossus’, relates to the US border wall with Mexico and responses to 9/11.

Facilities

We are located on the Old Aberdeen campus, mainly in the Old Brewery and the Taylor Building. VISION, our public engagement, spans across the University of Aberdeen and events are held across the city and shire.