Nicholas Mirzoeff is Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. He is one of the founders of the academic discipline of visual culture in books like An Introduction to Visual Culture (1999/2009) and The Visual Culture Reader (1998/2002/2012).
He is currently Deputy Director of the International Association for Visual Culture and organized its first conference in 2012. Since 2013, he has been Visiting Professor of Visual Culture at Middlesex University, London. His book The Right to Look: A Counterhistory of Visuality(2011) won the Anne Friedberg Award for Innovative Scholarship from the Society of Cinema and Media Studies in 2013.
In 2012, he undertook a durational writing project called Occupy 2012. Every day, he posted online about the Occupy movement and its implications. Open source anthologies of the project are available. In 2014, he launched After Occupy: What We Learned, an open writing project on the lessons of the social movement. In 2015 his most recent book How To See The World was published by Pelican in the UK.
Currenty, he is working on a project entitled The Visual Commons #BlackLivesMatter. It looks at the formations of the visual commons from the Haitian Revolution, via Reconstruction and 1968 to the Black Lives Matter movement.
The video is from an exhibition titled I Occupy, 2013, Istanbul, curated by Lanfranco Aceti at Kasa Gallery. Prof. Mirzoeff reads an excerpt from his essay Why I Occupy (2012).
Image: Nicholas Mirzoeff, I Occupy, 2013. Video. Exhibition installation at Kasa Gallery, Istanbul. Photograph: Lanfranco Aceti.