The new dialectics of seeing

Boyer, Jane L. (2020) The new dialectics of seeing. In: Mythologies, Identities and Territories of Photography: Forever//Now. Cambridge Scholars, Newcastle, UK. ISBN 978-1-5275-6339-1

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“The New Dialectics of Seeing” presents one of forty digital images created from a year-long research residency with The Fitzwilliam Museum collection from 2018 to 2019. Through the discussion of this one image, Blue Sky Entanglements, I explore the application of Susan Buck-Morss’ concept of dialectical seeing, based on Walter Benjamin’s dialectical image, which underpins the research completed at The Fitzwilliam. Benjamin’s theoretical framework for the dialectical image suggests a connection with myth through his notion of a dreaming collective. Within the construction of Blue Sky Entanglements, myth became a source of intertextual narratives in the work, raising a question of how objects generate meaning outside of their time.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: dialectical seeing, dialectical image, fine art digital practice, The Fitzwilliam Museum, intertextuality, Susan Buck-Morss, Walter Benjamin
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Depositing User: Lisa Blanshard
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2020 15:08
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2022 10:34

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