Category Archives: Theory

Bergson on The Future

“The idea of the future, pregnant with an infinity of possibilities, is more fruitful than the future itself, and this is why we find more charm in hope than in possession, in dreams than in reality.” — Henri Bergson

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Azoulay on Potential History

See also this presentation by Ariella Azoulay from Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, in October 2012.

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Robert Cumming in conversation

Part One of an excellent two part conversation between curator and critic Sarah Bay Williams, and artist Robert Cumming, covering a broad sweep of his inventive and contemporary body of work. Hosted at Aperture in New York in October of this year.… Continue reading

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Piper on Consumerism

“The culture of unrestrained free-market capitalism feeds on the shared and foundational experience of incompleteness, inferiority – of generalised insuffuciency, or want. The experience of generalised want is created by media fabulations of a fantasy world of perpetual happiness that… Continue reading

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One off: Catherine Opie

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Kozloff on Voyeurism

“Voyeurism, then, realizes itself only through a hindrance that it creates on its own. In refusing or fearing to engage directly with the attracting object, the individual compensates by possessing it visually. At the same time, if the occupational hazard… Continue reading

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One off: Laurie Anderson, John Berger & Laura Mulvey.

“…men act and women appear. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at. This determines not only most relations between men and women but also the relation of women to themselves. The surveyor of woman in herself is… Continue reading

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Fischer on Art

“If we are to regard the recognition of an objectively given reality as the nature of realism in art, we must not reduce that reality to a purely exterior world existing independently from our consciousness. What exists independently from our… Continue reading

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Fédida on Absence

“Absence gives texture to the object and provides a frame for the thinking of distance. Absence does literally not accept the past. The distant is then what brings us closer and the absent – rather than absence – is a… Continue reading

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Azoulay on Civil imagination

“Linking the photograph to the situation and act of taking the photograph doesn’t mean ignoring what John Berger describes as an abyss ‘between the moment recorded and the present moment of looking at the photograph’ on the contrary, it means… Continue reading

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