My Postdoc-Research is part of the project "Modernity and the Landscape: Aesthetics, Politics, Ecology", financed by the Swiss National Fund (SNF) and led by Prof. Dr. Jens Andermann at the University of Zurich. It works on the premise that a critical archaeology of aesthetic modernity will approach landscapes as sites of friction that can then be considered in the light of different conceptions of technology. This framework problematises hyper-visual strategies that conceive the landscape as a formative technology and spectacular site for performing modernity through the concept of blind spots: sites, bodies and liminal materialities whose place-ness and visibility is negated and which reappear through experiences of crisis or through aesthetic practices that bring them to light. The working hypothesis thus suggests that monumental scenographic landscapes are apt to co-exist with ruins, lapsed monuments and sites that attest to violence, which if re-deployed via aesthetic strategies produce a more complex repertoire of the modern landscape and its residues.
Bio - After graduating in Modern Languages from the University of Cambridge (2004), I did an AHRB-funded Masters in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Cultural Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London (2005). From 2005 until 2013 I lived in Caracas, Venezuela, where I conducted archival research for my PhD thesis ¡Venezuela Progresa! Dictatorship, Spectacle and the Construction of Modernity with the support of a full-time AHRC (Birkbeck College, 2011). I have worked as a curator, translator and journalist, as well as teaching courses and organising lecture series on photography and visual culture. After receiving my PhD, I taught at the Universidad Simón Bolívar and the Universidad Central de Venezuela before returning to the UK in 2013, where was Teaching Fellow in Latin American Studies at the University of Leeds. I maintain two websites-Caracas > cultura visual and lisablackmore-works.net — and am a council member of the Visual Studies Sectionof the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and Venezuela Research Network.