Arcanum of the exploded camera

Coley, Rob and Lockwood, Dean (2015) Arcanum of the exploded camera. In: School of Film and Media Research Seminar, 15th April, 2015, University of Lincoln.

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‘A simple world corresponds to a simple animal’, said Von Uexküll. Of the oak tree, the ant perceives only the bark which is its hunting ground. What of photography in a War Universe? Like the ant, the photographer’s antennae twitch, sensing the image of horror like a thread of blood. Yes, the world is intolerable, but where is a critical horror adequate to the complexities of the 21st century?? Where is the paraphotography that will peel back the bark on Control’s vastations of the contemporary? This talk – through the prism of William Burroughs’ proposition that we live in a self-effacing cut-up, an informational assemblage or vector, that has to be apprehended at the points at which its cover slips – presents findings from a number of ontofabulatory researches into photography’s vectoral becomings, as evidenced in a variety of accidents and episodes, including:
- Don McCullin’s dreams and nightmares, as transmitted from the wrack of his bedsheets in the Holiday Inn…
- The secret mission to securitize and recuperate the heart of darkness impelling Hilla and Bernd Becher’s elegies to second nature…
- Long-lost lecture notes crystallizing a hitherto imperceptible Eadweard Muybridge…

Keywords:Photography, william s burroughs, media
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Media)
ID Code:17164
Deposited On:17 Apr 2015 15:26

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