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How are video graphics recordings, from GIFs embedded within a bacterium to surgical operations, drones, and surveillance cameras, engaging in video philosophy in contemporary times? How can video art pieces be interpreted as philosophical texts? Drawing inspiration from Maurizzio Lazzarato’s book “Videophilosophy,” which argues that video is a philosophy of time, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ebru Yetişkin focuses on the relationship of video art with the history of cinema and its philosophical dimensions in this seminar. By sharing exemplary works from film and video art history, she highlights how video art constructs and renders perceptible the scientific, technological, socio-political, and societal issues of each era as a reality. She questions the fragility of the boundaries constructed between truth and its image up to the present day.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ebru Yetişkin (1976, Turkey) is a faculty member in the Department of Sociology and the Master’s Programs in Art History and Science, Technology, and Society (STS) at Istanbul Technical University (ITU). She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Istanbul University’s Radio-TV-Cinema Department (1999), a joint master’s degree from Louis Pasteur University and the ITU Science, Technology, and Society program (2001), and a doctoral degree in the Department of Sociology at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (2008). She has worked as a visiting researcher at the Center for Innovation Sociology of the Ecoles des Mines de Paris under the supervision of Prof. Bruno Latour and Prof. Antoine Hennion. Her artistic and curatorial research, aimed at democratizing scientific and technological knowledge production, includes national and international exhibitions, workshops, festivals, and public seminars. She is a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) and a founding member of the FEMeeting – Women in Art, Science, and Technology initiative.