The (Everyday) Image as One of Many: What Happens in the Interstice?

By Andrea Thoma.

Published by The International Journal of the Image

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This paper will consider how explorations of time and movement in a contemporary art context have capitalised on the gap as the territory where we can shape our access to images. The author’s engagement with place through everyday images has led to a series of art projects involving photography and video. The discussion will examine how these works capitalise the space in-between images to reflect on time. Reference will be made to David Claerbout’s work, in particular The Algiers’ Sections of a Happy Moment, as it uses multiple photographic takes to endlessly prolong a moment. Mel Bochner regarded Eadweard Muybridge’s photographs as "serialization of time through the systematic subtraction of duration from event." Within these ideas of the image and its relation to the lived moment as posited by Briony Fer, the discussion will allude to Bergsonian duration where "actual present" and "virtual past" coincide, with particular focus on Gilles Deleuze’s ideas of cinematic time. Within the temporal implications of the still image, Roland Barthes’s "photographic moment" will be contrasted with Vilém Flusser’s ideas of the photographic image as a "possibility of visualisation."

Keywords: Visual Arts Practices, Photography, Moving Images

The International Journal of the Image, Volume 5, Issue 1, May 2014, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 19, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 530.500KB)).

Dr. Andrea Thoma

Lecturer, School of Design, University of Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK

Andrea Thoma is a lecturer at the University of Leeds. Her research interests are concerned with notions of place, identity and dwelling in a contemporary art context. She is particularly interested in the juxtaposition of diverse media to explore differentiated time-space relations. Over the past two decades she has exhibited widely in the UK, Europe and the United States. Exhibitions include Dialogue in Place: Volume II at Form and Content Gallery Minneapolis, USA (2012), European Identities, various exhibition venues in Germany, Poland, Italy and Spain (2010-11), Twi_light at Katakomby Gallery Brno (2009), Provenienzen des Lichts at Inselgalerie Berlin (2007), So near so far/ So nahe so fern at APT London and Kunstverein Ebersberg, Germany (2007-2008). She has published articles on medium-specificity, movement, place and visibility in various international journals.