Nicole Starosielski

New York University

“Thermal Vision”

All matter emits heat and is transformed by it. In thermal vision, such heat exchanges are transduced into visual images. And in turn, thermal images are enfolded within larger apparati of temperature control intended to engineer particular kinds of movement through the world. This talk focuses on the ways that regimes of thermal control and perception are changing with digital technologies and the popularization of thermal imaging.

Nicole Starosielski is Assistant Professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. She is author of The Undersea Network (Duke University Press, 2015), which charts the development of transoceanic cable systems, beginning with the nineteenth-century telegraph network and extending to today’s fibre-optic infrastructure. She is also co-editor of Signal Traffic: Critical Studies of Media Infrastructure (University of Illinois Press, 2015) and Sustainable Media: Critical Approaches to Media and Environment (Routledge, 2016).