Welcome to a new era for Afterimage. This issue, the first in Volume 47, begins the second year of our collaboration with the University of California Press, our new home after 45 years with our founding publisher, Visual Studies Workshop. In this issue, we invite you to explore the regular columns we are well known for such as Reports (on the first Toronto Biennale and on Cincinnati's light festival BLINK) and Exhibitions Reviews (on two group shows, DesignInquiry: Futurespective at Maine College of Art and Photo Revolution: Andy Warhol to Cindy Sherman at Worcester Art Museum). We also publish reviews of recent book releases and in this issue our critics look at a diverse array of new titles: Jay David Bolter's The Digital Plenitude: The Decline of Elite Culture and the Rise of New Media, McKenzie Wark's Capital Is Dead: Is This Something Worse?, and Aswin Punathambekar and Sriram Mohan's Global Digital Cultures: Perspectives from South Asia. Along with this global examination of current theorizing and production, Liz Flyntz spends a weekend with the Videofreex, connecting their grassroots, DIY origins 50 years ago with the political and cultural implications of technological shifts in videomaking and media today, and Judy Herman creatively links the chronologically and historically disparate practices of Oscar Rejlander and David Hockney.
In this issue we also offer another installment of what we envision as a regular feature of the journal: a dossier bringing together experts to discuss the multivalent aspects surrounding one topic. “Co-creation in Documentary: Toward Multiscalar Granular Interventions Beyond Extraction” gathers the voices of several eminent scholars and makers of documentary film to explore co-created work in pragmatic terms, ultimately offering, in further service to the field, fifty speculations and fifteen unresolved questions for the future. This platform will allow other scholars and makers to “co-create” a dossier on relevant and timely topics in media arts and cultural criticism.
As a final and important note, one significant change we are especially pleased to announce is that, as a benefit of our new home at the University of California Press, we will soon be publishing a section of peer-reviewed feature articles in every quarterly issue. Afterimage and a new team of Associate Editors, all faculty at the University of California, Irvine, have coalesced an impressive, inter-disciplinary, and international Editorial Board that will work to make the journal as germane and generative for our scholar-contributors as it has always been for our readers. We welcome submissions for peer review on an ongoing basis.
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All the best for the new year,