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Out of Language: Photographing as Translating

My essay for The Routledge Companion to Photography Theory traces Flusser’s engagement with photography–or more exactly, of his concern with the human-device mesh he called the apparatus.  The idea of photography as an alternative to language seems to have appeared…

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Into the Universe of Technical Images (Flusser’s book)

Especially compared to either Towards a Philosophy of Photography (English translation, 2000) or Does Writing Have a Future? (2011) this work is optimistic about the potential of digital technology to expand, enhance, effectively “humanize” communication.  More exactly, it’s ambivalent.  These technologies may,…

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apparatus

Flusser’s term Apparat, which can only be apparatus in English, has a pivotal position in his thinking about media. The word is not perfect, because it sounds like a machine.  But it refers to a mesh between human beings and machines,…

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