Archive for the ‘Peirce’ Category

Elkins, James. ‘Selenite, Ice, Salt’ What Photography Is (Oxon: Routledge, 2011) 15-44   p.17 [On a photograph Elkins finds of a selenite window] Seen through the window, the world would look like ill-fitted pieces of mosaic crushed together, pressed and refracted by the translucent material into a nearly indecipherable pattern. The window’s inclusions, its grit and spalling […]


Ectoplasm

31Jan12

Batchen, Geoffrey. ‘Ectoplasm’ Each wild idea: writing, photography, history (Cambridge, Mass.; London: MIT, 2002 [essay originally published in 1994]) 128-144 p.129 This [current] sustained outburst of morbidity appears to stem from two related anxieties. The first is an effect of the widespread introduction of computer-driven imaging processes that allow “fake” photos to be passed off […]


“Indexicality and the Concept of Medium Specificity” Mary Ann Doane in The Meaning of Photography. Edited by Robin Kelsey and Blake Stimson, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 2008 p.3 The lure of the indexical is linked to its intimate collusion with what Didi-Huberman calls the “fantasy of referentiality,” with the inert stability […]