Volume 2, Issue 1: Translation

This issue of Refract treats translation as a process by which a set of information is manipulated, altered, transferred, or rendered into another form. How do moments of transformation affect the outcome? What could be gained by focusing more on transformation rather than a fixed set of ideas that are absolute, objective, or universal? The selected contributions interrogate the mechanisms of translation and its role in visual culture and other forms of creative, social, or political production and representation. Unequal distributions of power require that we delve further into what ‘translation’ can implicate. Can we still say today that we are able to ‘translate’ across cultural, historical, geographical, and epistemological divides?

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Installation: a dual-screen display; o Slade reports on gang member’s risk of PTSD in the left screen while the right screen features an image from Joseph’s m.a.a.d. The background consists of a black and white image of nuns.

The Heat is On

Alessandra Raengo

“Translation, Translation, Rehearsal” in Conversation

Scott Hunter and Alexandra Macheski

Daisy Bell

Ryan Page

Untitled (Speech Poem #2)

Marrok Sedgwick

Languages of Violence

Ansel Arnold