Virtually Invisible: Photography and the Image in the Demotic Space

Hillman, J (2013) Virtually Invisible: Photography and the Image in the Demotic Space. The Image, 4 (4). ISSN 2154-8560

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The image is described by Flusser as being a significant surface. He suggests that it is the process of looking over such a surface that reveals in the image its significance. Through an exploration of practice and the photograph, it is proposed that the digital image is less a fixed surface and more a demotic space, into which the construction of personal narratives occurs. The digital image, disconnected from surface and its indexical subject, is argued to be a virtual representation of a relationship between memory, thought and significance. As Victor Burgin noted, photography contributes to hegemonic common sense and to the process of the general public exchanging meanings. Therefore, this modified understanding of the image, space and surface may usher in a sense in which photography can be described as an actant.

Item Type: Article
Date: 1 October 2013
Subjects: W600 Cinematics and Photography
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > School of Visual Communication
Depositing User: John Hillman
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2019 09:20
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2019 09:20

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