Journal article

Liquid Crystals: A Roundtable

Emily Candela, Sean Cubitt, Barnaby Dicker, Benedict Drew, Esther Leslie

Journal of Visual Culture | SAGE Publications | Published : 2018

Abstract

This Roundtable began life as a public event on the subject of liquid crystals in our visual, material, media, scientific and artistic cultures. The event’s premise was that liquid crystals are the ur-form that constitute and govern Modernity and its after-shocks. For sure this is because the dialectic of liquidity and crystallization, of flow and refraction, is key to the advent of screen-based media (LCD TVs, computers and mobile devices) and thus how we perceive, image and imagine the world. As such, liquid crystals as a ‘phase of matter’ are epochal. But more than this because, while the emergence of such a brave new world is manifestly contemporary and their ‘discovery’ is comparatively..

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University of Melbourne Researchers