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Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought at the New School incubates advanced transdisciplinary research and practice at the intersection of social theory and design and fosters dialogue on related themes across the university.

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Soyoung Yoon

Soyoung Moon is Assistant Professor of Visual Studies at Eugene Lang College. Her current research focuses on the re-definition of the “document” and the shift in its claims to the real from the post-WWII period to the present.

SOYOUNG YOON is Program Director and Assistant Professor of Art History & Visual Studies at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School. She is also Visiting Faculty at the Whitney ISP. Her current research focuses on the re-definition of the "document" and the shift in its claims to the real from the post-WWII period to the present.

At GIDEST, Soyoung will be completing her book, Walkie Talkie, which revolves around the rise of cinéma vérité and critiques of what Michel Foucault describes as the hermeneutics of the self, amidst anti-colonial struggles and development of new techniques of policing. Emphasis is placed on an artistic rhetoric of “conditioning” and its vertiginous proximity to the behaviorism of newly-developed techniques of policing, via technologies of urban warfare, apparatuses of surveillance, methods of confession, torture, and testimony — what the Situationist International describe as a “race” between the artists and the police. Walkie Talkie also considers the continued critical influence of cinéma vérité — as technique, technology, and discourse — for contemporary art-works and media-practice. Research for Walkie Talkie is also partly supported by a Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant.

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