The image is what constitutes the subject as a spectator, assigning her a role as a critical subject. How is the viewer-subject in the present-day entertainment industry likely to disappear, succumbing to the power of visibility?
Marie José Mondzain is directrice de recherche at the Group of Political and Moral Sociology, a research center of Paris's École des Hautes Études en Social sciences and CNRS. She has studied the relationship between icon and culture, from Byzantine iconclasticism to aniconic cultures. Among her books in Italian: Immagine, icona, economia. Le origini bizantine dell’immaginario contemporaneo (Milano 2006); Il commercio degli sguardi (Roma 2011); L’immagine che uccide. La violenza come spettacolo dalle Torri gemelle all’Isis (Milano 2017).