Ricarda Vidal - Visual Culture

Cultural Studies Links

This is a rather random collection of links to websites I use for research, teaching and general entertainment. It is growing and changing all the time.


Book Art

Eileen Hogan, A Narrated Portrait, 2008-2011

I love the way this project uses the possibilities of the internet to provide multiple ways and layers of experiencing a single artwork at different times of conception and production all at the same time.



Visual Editions

A London-based book publisher specialising in books of a somewhat different kind, where the experience of reading happens on several levels, which sometimes have nothing at all to do with reading itself…. They say about themselves: “We champion books both on and off the screen that tell stories in a visual way, making for new kinds of reading experiences. We call it visual writing.”



Interviews and Radio Programmes 


On Anthropology

BBC documentary called ‘Tales from the Jungle’ about the anthropologist Margaret Mead (this hour-long programme is in 6 blocks of 10 minutes):


BBC documentary called  ‘Tales from the Jungle’ about the anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski (this hour-long programme is in 6 blocks of 10 minutes):



On Walter Benjamin

A radio programme on Walter Benjamin presented by Laurie Taylor



On the Birmingham School

An archive of material from the Birmingham School, to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2014, including interviews with scholars:



On Michel Foucault

A radio programme on Michel Foucault presented by Laurie Taylor:



On the Frankfurt School

A radio programme discussing the Frankfurt School with Melvyn Bragg and guests



On the Museum of the Future:  Chris Dercon (Tate Modern) and Martin Roth (V&A) 

Two top museum directors share their thoughts and experiences in side-by-side interviews. What’s different, what’s the same, what’s unique – in Britain and Germany – and, more widely, in Europe as a whole?



On the Value of Culture

A five part radio series on the ‘value of culture’ presented by Melvyn Bragg with various guests.



Tate Shots

An excellent resource for short videos on contemporary arts ranging from interviews to experimental art commissions for Tate.




Online Collections & Editions


The Hachiman Digital Handscrolls

This project is interesting in terms of transmedial translation and visual communication as well as conventional translation – quite apart from the fact that the handscrolls are very beautiful objects. The seven illuminated handscrolls were created in Japan between the 14th and 19th century and narrate, in text and images, the Great Hachiman Bodhisattva, which was a highly influential with regards to religion, aesthetics and politics. The scrolls were digitised, translated and annotated in 2014-2015 by researchers at the University of Heidelberg.



Kunstmuseum Basel

Click on ”Sammlung online” to access a databank of over  4000 entries for paintings, sculpture and new media from medieval times to the present. 

NB: at the moment this is only available in German.




A fantastic resource for anything avant-garde – whether you’re looking for a long lost piece of sound art or that famous concrete poem, obscure ethnopoetry or outsider art you’ll probably find it here




Online Journals

all-over. Magazin für Kunst und Ästhetik 

Despite the English title, this journal is only available in German. Here’s what they say about themselves:
“all-over ist ein unabhängiges und nichtkommerzielles Onlinemagazin im Diskursfeld von Kunst und Ästhetik. In Form von Essays, Ausstellungsbesprechungen, Interviews und Buchrezensionen verbindet die halbjährlich erscheinende Publikation verschiedene Beiträge aus den Disziplinen Kunstgeschichte, Bild- und Medienwissenschaften, Ästhetik und Philosophie. Ziel ist eine kritische und reflektierte Auseinandersetzung mit bildender Kunst und ästhetischer Theorie.”



Culture Machine

“Culture Machine is an international open-access journal of culture and theory, founded in 1999. Its aim is to be to cultural studies and cultural theory what ‘fundamental research’ is to the natural sciences: open-ended, non-goal orientated, exploratory and experimental. All contributions to the journal are peer-reviewed.”



Media, Culture & Society

“Media, Culture & Society provides a major peer-reviewed, international forum for research and discussion on the media, including the newer information and communication technologies, within their political, economic, cultural and historical contexts. It regularly engages with a wider range of issues in cultural and social analysis. Its champions research on substantive topics and critique and innovation in theory and method.”
All of the articles in the journal will be available online before they appear in print.



Photomediations Machine

“Photomediations Machine is a curated online space where the dynamic relations of mediation as performed in photography and other media can be encountered, experienced and engaged. Photomediations Machine adopts a process-based approach to image making by tracing the technological, biological, cultural, social and political flows of mediation that produce photographic objects. Showcasing theoretical and practical work at the intersections of art and mainstream practices, Photomediations Machine is both an archive of mediations past and a site of production of media as-we-do-not-know-them-yet. Photomediations Machine is non-commercial, non-profit and fully open access.”






This sounds like an interesting project, in particular with respect to Translation Games.

LUCIDE is a network which is developing ideas about how to manage multilingual citizen communities. We are building up a picture of how communication occurs in multilingual settings across the EU and beyond…”