n Image & Text : a Journal for Design - Editorial

Volume 26, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1020-1491



The previous issue of Image & Text was dedicated to two thematic clusters, namely visual and textual inscriptions of Pretoria and 'blindspots and ways of not seeing'. Number 26 is again an open issue that features current research by researchers from four South African tertiary institutions. In keeping with the expanded scope of the journal, the six articles deal with a variety of topics in various fields related to visual culture. Three articles deal with aspects of South African architecture,soap opera and fashion, whereas two others deal with broader generic issues related to design. The last article presents a discursive examination of a body of poetry by Ursula K le Guin and their interface with photographs by Roger Dorband. As in many other fields, the issue of identity and how it informs visual culture continues to inflect a number of the articles, as does the notion of spatiality, as well as the transformed/ing context of post-apartheid South Africa. In addition to the research articles, there are two book reviews and one conference report. Although the articles may appear divergent, they have many commonalities in terms of the examination of visual culture and visuality in contemporary culture.

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