Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Anker: Science-phobic/Image-phobic/Content-phobic Somas 1

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From: Suzanne Anker
Date: Tue, 06 Mar 2007 08:30:20 -0500

Further Thoughts on This Moveable Feast of Ideas:

1) How do pictures embedded within texts alter narratives? What value-added aspects do pictures "perform" in texts. When do pictures become value-subtractive? This is a point raised by Robin Marantz Henig, yesterday. Roland Barth's text "Rhetoric of the Image" talks about the ways in which language, anchored to pictures, is an effective strategy in advertising. The language in the ad, grounds the image to further enforce and "relay" its message. Richard Twine speaks of his interest in thesecommercial visualizations. However, a variegated host of types of images exist on all levels of inscription, documentation and communication. Do not progress notes, letters of inquiry, travel stubs and the like all become mimetic devices embedded within critical thinking processes?

2) Intersections between linguistic and iconic metaphors: working models. In my own practice, images play a dual role. They are a thinking apparatus by which models of the symbolic can be externally visualized.By their existence, these models move into culture and generate, on their own terms, alternate ideas, solutions, concerns and further representations. (Squier)

3) Discourses through Imaging.Perhaps no other field is so indebted to images than Art History. Recently the term "picture science" as surfaced as a way to explainmore culturally based narratives involving perception and notation. How can the terms "picture science" and "artist/researcher" becommunicated to a wider audience? What do they mean? (Rijsingen) (Scott)

4) Imaging Through Material ProcessMaterials and actions also leave traces as they are manipulated in the laboratory, studio or writer's abode. These indexical signs denote how thinking becomes form and carries within them the unwritten script of trial and error.Image-making here and in all my questions and responses should be conceived as what the late American philsopher,Nelson Goodman terms "world-making."

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