KHAS Visual Communication Design Department’s student publication “Sensory” calls its readers’ attention to the analysis of the modern world’s visual representations with a critical approach in the fields of arts, media, and technology through the writings in various conceptual themes such as psychoanalysis, aesthetics, and critical theory. With theoretical readings on subjectivity, abjection, mechanical reproduction, ideology, mass culture, photographic representation, simulacrum, and digitalization; the magazine and group have been formed through the ‘Analysis of Visual Culture’ course (VCD304) under the instruction of our Department Chair Dr. Balca Arda.

The website’s creative design is by Dilan Gurses. We want to express our thanks and appreciation to İlayda Kabakçı and Menna Aly for their unique designs in the writings section.

Issue 01

With the global pandemic that humanity is facing, the role of digital technology in our social relations has significantly impacted our interaction with the ‘other’. While our experience on technology-mediated social relations has created new questions, the nature of our relationship with these technologies has also been an important matter of debate. Chasing these discussions, we decided to designate our first volume’s topic as “Design, Technology and Experience”. We sincerely hope that the readers of this magazine will find new questions to engage with.


An Obscene Gaze Through Abjection

Anı Mail This article aims to examine, the undefined, uncanny and ambiguous relation of Kristeva’s (1982) abjection which is set upon the cadaver understanding that includes the “self” and the “other. In addition, the photography of Cindy Sherman called Untitled #153 (1985) will be discussed and examined as an example of the seductiveness of the … Continue reading An Obscene Gaze Through Abjection

Cyborg Imagery and Dystopia

Özlem Koçak “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of … Continue reading Cyborg Imagery and Dystopia

Through the Screen

Dilan Gürses The pandemic situation we started to experience in the first quarter of 2020 has prompted us to look for ways to continue our lives and businesses under these new conditions. Since being in the same environment was infeasible in these conditions, people who perform in the realm of art experienced more difficulties than … Continue reading Through the Screen