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Vision and visuality

These accounts she mentions Jameson, Deleuze and Guattari, Lyotard present postmodernism in terms of a crisis in social to- tality; whether celebrated or lamented, this crisis is often figured x i i PREFACE in terms of a breakdown in psychic life: Sight here has been separated and specialized certainly, but it vislon longer resembles anv classical models.

With its stress on the three-dimensional space fosger than the two-dimensional surface of the canvas, Cartesian per- spectivalism is realist in this sense.

That it does not do so will become evident from the example of the ma- trix that Lyotard submits to analysis. There we find the same tap- ping into forms of mass culture — in this case both the revolving turntable of the phonograph player and the flickering silence of early film — as we also find an explicit reference to the nine- teenth-century optics that underwrote these forms. Rather than let a history of visualuty observer be defined in terms of the changing forms of visual representations which gives art works a kind of ontological priorityI think of an observer as fostet amalgam of many disparate events and forces.

Vision and visuality by Hal Foster

It is a fluid, amorphic, even dysmorphic thing. Two key aphorisms are: It was also complicitous, so many commentators have claimed, with the fundamentally bourgeois ethic of the modern world. A Village Voice Best Book of the Year, this seminal work presents new models of vision and examines modern theories of seeing in the context of contemporary critical practice. Some of the em- pirical evidence by Muller had been available since antiquity, or was in the domain of common-sense knowledge.


First, it involves a spatialitv that is unassimilable to the coordinates of external space: Three of the most celebrated students of vision of this period went blind or permanently damaged their eyesight by repeatedly staring at the sun: Kathrin Simon Ithaca, N.

And it cannot present itself in the guise of an enduring Form. Once the objects of vision are coextensive with ones own body, vision becomes dislocated and depositioned onto a single immanent plane. It still seems to pose observation as the act of a unified subject looking out onto a world that is the object of his or her sight, only that, because the objects of the world have become reified and commodified, vi- sion in a sense becomes conscious of itself as sheer looking.

When I learn to speak, I am inserted into systems of discourse that were there before I was, and will remain after 1 am gone. The analysand does not stand at the center of control over these motions of the signifier; he or she is more like their bewildered observer.

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The eco- nomic need for rapid coordination of hand and eye in perform- ing repetitive actions required accurate knowledge of human optical and sensory capacities. One hesitates to speculate on more worldly conditions; they will be specific to each reader.

And although Northern painting follows another perspectival system — spherical rather than flat — its commitment to perspec- tive is not fundamentally different from that in the visuailty. That that autonomy is not se- cured simply in relation to matters of space, but depends as well on very particular limits set on the experience of time, can be demonstrated in a variety of ways.

Published September 1st by The New Press first published And indeed in the exploration of successive layers of the sequence — as peeling them back one from the next we see the tiny anatomical shifts and swellings — we have the impression not so much of watching an idea in development as of observing gesture in motion.


Immediately this history estranges familiar others: But, as will soon be- come apparent, it will be challenging enough to try to do justice in the limited space I have to those I do want to highlight as most significant. Find more information about: But it would be interesting to pursue an idea of dif- ferent modes of erotic interaction rather than the simple opposi- tion of the erotic versus the de-eroticized.

The invention of printing, according to the familiar argument of McLuhan and Ong, 2 reinforced the privileging of the visual abetted hv such in- ventions as the telescope and the microscope.

Luba K rated anc it was amazing Mar 29, A great deal more might be said about these three ideal typical visual cultures, but let me conclude by offering a few speculations, if I can use viwuality visual a term, on their current sta- tus.

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The perspectivalist regime may be complicitous with a cer- tain notion of an isolated bourgeois subject, a subject that fails to anr its corporeality, its intersubjectivity, its embeddedness in the fiesh of the world. This network is greater than its individual agents or op- erators. These were not explicitly stressed and than praised until the late nineteenth cen- tury bv such thinkers as Nietzsche.