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Campany on Photography as a Medium

“The definition of a medium, particularly photography, is not autonomous or self-governing, but heteronomous, dependent on other media. It derives less from what it is technologically than what it is culturally. Photography is what we do with it. And what… Continue reading

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Bertens on Postmodernist Deconstruction and ‘Avant-Garde’ strategy

“The politics of this postmodern avant-garde, as theorized by Crimp, Owens, Foster, Abigail Solomon-Godeau, and others, are primarily aesthetic. Although the strategies involved, such as appropriation and hybridization, are supposed to open the eyes of the larger public to the… Continue reading

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Jameson on Haacke

“Haacke poses the political dilemma of a new cultural politics: how to struggle within the world of the simulacrum by using the arms and weapons specific to that world which are themselves precisely simulacra? This explicitly political work, which reaffirms… Continue reading

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Steyerl on The Poor Image

“Apart from resolution and exchange value, one might imagine another form of value defined by velocity, intensity, and spread. Poor images are poor because they are heavily compressed and travel quickly. They lose matter and gain speed. But they also express a condition of dematerialization, shared… Continue reading

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Batchen on Daguerre’s “Still Life” (1837)

“Of the various daguerreotypes by Daguerre that do survive, one in particular is often reproduced in histories of photography as the earliest extant example, as Daguerre’s first photograph. Dated 1837, this full-plate daguerreotype is usually titled Still life or The artist’s studio… Continue reading

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Scheppe on The Image

“The image, it might be said, is not understood if one only sees through it without seeing the image itself. Only when it reveals its very constructedness, partiality, and artificiality can the image become a cognitive means of insightful seeing.… Continue reading

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T.J. Clark – “Capitalism without Images”

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Steyerl on The Image

“…it has become clear that images are not objective or subjective renditions of a preexisting condition nor merely treacherous appearances, but that they are nodes of energy and matter migrating across different supports, shaping and affecting people, landscapes, politics, and… Continue reading

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Lewis on Modernity and Antiquity

“The aesthetic ideas and practices that came to be known as modernism initially had some stake, investment and predicative power in how modernity was going to shape up. Modernism tried to make sense of the modern revolution in the world;… Continue reading

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Benjamin on Allegory

“Once the object has beneath the brooding look of Melancholy become allegorical, once life has flowed out of it, the object itself remains behind, dead, yet preserved for all eternity; it lies before the allegorist, given over to him utterly,… Continue reading

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