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How to See the World

Introducing a distinctly academic field to general readers is not easy.  In his new book How to See the World, the eminent theorist of visual culture Nicholas Mirzoeff undertakes the task of introducing visual culture to a general audience.  In a very short…

Made at Roaming

  Reproduced here is one of many images made recently at Roaming Penzance (see www.roamingCIC.com for more about the organization).  Given that the group meets just once a week, and then only for a few hours, there is a lot of work.  It…

Luxury

Luxus — Luxury — is the title of Lambert Wiesing’s most recent book, published by Surkamp in August this year.  I’ve translated the introduction, which proposes that that luxury is not a quality inherent in objects.  Luxury is rather luxury for someone, making…

Burning Bread

“Prepared” by having been in a slow oven overnight, the loaf that appears in Charlie Sinclair’s fine image Burning Bread is perhaps nearly incredible but not quite.  In fact it’s perfectly “straight” photography: the bread has become charcoal, and an image of charcoal burning is well “within…

Photographic Seriality: Sameness and Difference

Candida Höfer, Thomas Ruff, and Thomas Struth are three very prominent contemporary art photographers.  All three were students of Berndt and Hilla Becher at the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf, all work in series.  They often–not always–work with large cameras and large prints. There is enough…

Photographs and family

Photographs have some effect on “family,” but I seriously doubt whether they actually consolidate or construct it.  The idea comes first, I think, and the photographs shore it up. Whatever elusive idea actually ties any one of us to a family is more…

Now in Paperback!

Bloomsbury Academic has decided to reprint Lambert Wiesings’s The Philosophy of Perception: Phenomenology and Image Theory (my translation) in paperback–it’s available for pre-order now (see link on the right side of this page).  It’s very good news!

Imagining

Yesterday I read about a phenomenologist’s effort to position imagination with respect to other cognitive functions.  The argument was that although imagination is thin, which I think means fragile or fleeting, it is autonomous, independent of other functions. That would seem to make…

“Crypto-relics”

In an article in in TLS for April 10 of this year (“Traces of the Holy,”) Matthew Bown raises a question about the ‘symbolic economy’ in which some people pay astronomical sums for works of contemporary art that quite clearly have little or no value…

Ritual Gesture

Apparently Flusser’s Gestures essays have not made such an impact on others as they have on me! Things are very quiet. But I return often, especially to the categories he suggests for a kind of typology or taxonomy of gestures. The three general divisions…

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