The Operational Loops of a Pandemic
Sampson, T. and Parikka, J. 2020. The Operational Loops of a Pandemic. Cultural Politics.
|Authors||Sampson, T. and Parikka, J.|
This article analyses the visual operations of contagions and their material aftereffects. Data visualizations and diagrams have played a key role in the visual culture of the contagion, and this article explores especially two recurring themes: curves and simulations. The article will address the data diagrams that describe and predict, advise and control actions during the pandemic. We argue that these curves and simulations are also crucial epistemic and aesthetic occurrences that produce the long tail of the epidemic as it pertains to a variety of actions from policy-making to affective responses. Furthermore, the text investigates the theme of the operational loop in order to help us to grasp statistical curves and simulations as part of a multi-scalar logics of the epidemic image and in order to discuss the temporal modalities of these various images and diagrams. The article also includes David Benqué’s speculative diagrams of contagions loops that present an artistic response to the theoretical theme.
|Publisher||Duke University Press|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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|Accepted||04 Aug 2020|
|Deposited||13 Aug 2020|
|Copyright holder||© 2020 Duke University Press|
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