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about

 

Para-sight is a multi-disciplinary design research practice/organization that re-constructs digital and analogue visual media assemblages in relation to embodied visual perception and machinic vision. It aims to explore the changing role of the body in time and space after the 'digital turn' and particularly to address how the digital alters established understandings of architectural representations. The conventional understanding of 'vision', based on a purely -human- visual faculty is being increasingly usurped by the expansion of informational technologies, and the ensuing notion of the post-human that arises from cybernetic theories and practices. Para-sight aims to acknolwedge the intrusion of a mediated and post-human construct within the corporeality of sight and undertakes to explore how the 'digital turn' affects the spatio-temporal body. Consequently 'visuality' must be re-defined as that which is reversible, plural and distributed, forming new relations between what we see, what sees us and the unseen that is implicated therein. Para-sight operates within and across various disciplines, aiming to overlay emerging and older formats of  visualization. Through the utilization of interactive media installations it becomes possible to construe diverse understandings of image - body - media.

 

Para-sight Founder and Director

George Themistokleous / gcthemistokleous@gmail.com

 

 

Bio (short)

 

George Themistokleous is an inter-disciplinary architect and lecturer, operating at the boundaries between media, art and architecture. He holds a BA in Architecture and Art History, Univesity of Toronto (dist) and MArch and MA Arch Studies (dist) from the Univ. of Brighton. His doctoral research, 'Vision and its Vicissitudes: Architectures of Sight after the Digital Turn' considers the limitations of current architectural representational methods in relation to a re-thinking of bodily and machinic vision, through custom-made optical devices and multi-media installations. His work has been presented, exhibited and published in international forums including Idea Journal, Inflection, Acadia, Lo Squaderno, YoMIS, AAH, EAR and others. He has co-edited (with T. Stoppani and G. Ponzo) the book This Thing Called Theory (Routledge, 2016).

 

 

selected publications:

(not in chronological order)

 

 

Drawing publication (review)

'An-amnesia of an oneiric city'

The Lost Diagrams of Walter Benjamin

Edited by Sharon Kivland and Helen Clarke. London: MA Bibliothèque, 2017.

 

 

Book publication (co-editing, co-author of Chapter one)

This Thing Called Theory

AHRA Critiques Series: Critical Studies in Architectural Humanities

Edited by Teresa Stoppani, Giorgio Ponzo and George Themistokleous. Abingdon: Routledge, 2016.

 

 

Conference Proceedings (review)

'Diverging Doubles: Between the Sensing Body and its Projected Image'

DARE 2017: Second International Conference on Deleuze and Artistic Research

Edited by Paulo de Assis and Paolo Giudici. Ghent: Orpheus Institute, 2017

 

 

Design project article publication (peer review)

'Diplorasis: The Other Side of Vision'

Acadia 2016 Posthuman Frontiers: Data, Designers, and Cognitive Machines

Projects Catalog of the 36th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture

Edited by Kathy Velikov, Sandra Manninger and Matias Del Campo. Bar Harbor, Acadia Publishing Company, 2016.

 

 

Book chapter publication (peer review)

'Mediating the Interval’

Image Temporality: The Relation of Time, Space and Reception of Visual Media, Yearbook of Moving Image Studies (YoMIS)

Edited by Lars C. Grabbe, Patrick Rupert-Kruse and Norbert M. Schmitz. Darmstadt: Büchner-Verlag, 2017.

 

 

Article Publication (peer review)

‘Image as Virtual Construction’

Inter- fotografía y arquitectura / inter- photography and architecture

Edited by Rubén A. Alcolea and Jorge Tárrago Mingo. Pamblona: Servicio de Publicaciones Universidad de Navarra, 2016.

 

 

Journal Article Publication

‘Folding and Doubling: Revisiting Freud’s Screen Memories’

Stratifications, Folds, De-stratifications. Lo Squaderno 10 (37), 2015.

Edited by Andrea Mubi Brighenti and Teresa Stoppani

 

 

Journal Article Publication (peer review)

‘Autoscopic Space’

IDEA Journal. Dark Space: The Interior, Nov. 2017.

Edited by Lynn Churchill

 

 

Design project article publication (peer review)

'In/side Out: Spatially Representing Digitized Bodies'

[Trans] Journal 4: Media, 2018. (forthcoming)

 

 

Article Publication

‘Nicosia: A Prosthetic Reading’

The Cyprus Dossier Issue 6, 2014.

 

 

Drawing Publication

'Space Between Drawings'

Architectural Review Folio, September 2014

 

 

 

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