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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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Hughes on Television and Rauschenberg

“The Box has done more to alter the direct, discursive relationship of images to the real world, on which the art of painting used to depend, than any other invention in our century. This isn’t a matter of good or… 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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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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Campany on “Dust Breeding”

“Can one photograph made in 1920 really be the key, the codex to all this? Was the last century really foreseen in an unassuming exposure of dust in a New York studio? Across its lifetime, Dust Breeding has been claimed for Dada,… Continue reading

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