Moving between Images: The Orchestration of Diverse Time-space Constructs in Fine Art Practice

By Andrea Thoma.

Published by The International Journal of the Image

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This paper discusses how the image can be thought in the context of contemporary fine art practice. Drawing from the author’s practical and theoretical engagement with image making, it explores how the juxtaposition of diverse fine art media contributes to a differentiated appreciation of the time-space relation and how the dialectic of absence and presence of figuration relates to movement and assists the experience of nomadic dwelling.

Emphasis will be put on the temporal qualities of the image and its material presentations in space; this applies to the physicality of painting, but also to the screen presence of video or the spatial organization of photographic images. The orchestration of diverse time-space constructs will be considered in relation to Bergson’s notion of duration as multiplicity, Deleuze’s metaphor of the crystal image, Husserl’s concept of simultaneous time flows and Birnbaum’s appraisal of the phenomenology of multi-screen video installations.

Keywords: Time-space Constructs, Painting, Video, Photography, Movement, Nomadic Dwelling

The International Journal of the Image, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.15-26. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.462MB).

Dr. Andrea Thoma

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

Andrea Thoma’s research interests are concerned with notions of place, identity and dwelling in a contemporary art context. She examines through painting, photography and video how the everyday allows for philosophical considerations regarding our being in the world. She is particularly interested in the juxtaposition of diverse media to reflect on aspects of image making. The phenomenological aspect of perception and its partaking in the cognitive process are a main driving force in the collation of visual material. She has exhibited widely in the UK, Europe and the United States. Exhibitions include Twi_light at Katakomby Gallery in Brno (2009), Provenienzen des Lichts at Inselgalerie Berlin (2007), So near so far/ So nahe so fern at APT Gallery in London (2008) and at the Kunstverein Ebersberg, Germany (2007), Land2 beyond landscape? at the RWA in Bristol (2005), That which is near/ Das was nahe ist at the Representation of Baden-Württemberg at the EU in Bruxelles and at Only Atelier, Vienna (2004) and Skylight Stillnight at Jack Olson Gallery, Northern Illinois University (2004).