A Note on Alcaide

A change of context; a change in mindset. I was looking around the property and started noticing that which had I paid careful attention to before would have always been noticeable to me. I was always fascinated by the idea of ghosts and now wanted to do a photographic project based on that idea. My…

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Genealogy of ‘the photographic’

Prior to the modern movement in the visual arts, painting was an exercise in incomplete realism. Painters had already disavowed that which would interest Heidegger and that which Heidegger would go on to question. Their painterly exercises in incomplete realism, though, attest to the fact that painters, seemingly not interested in philosophy, had through the…

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The Wizard of Oz

In essence, Art has always been a trace of alterity. But at some point in the nineteenth century there seems to have occurred a very curious development, namely that the painter walked out and in his stead appeared the photography apparatus. With the advent of photography, the Arts were finally introduced to technology and could,…

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The Fall

Man does not seek knowledge; he covers it. For the Ancient Greeks, the gods were not to be questioned. Later, the Christians would adopt the convenient ethical stance of refraining from questioning themselves. With the advent of photography, reality was not to be questioned further. The contradictory dogmas that attached themselves to each of these…

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Timeo Dominum transeuntem, et non revertentem

knowledge (n.): “early 12c., cnawlece ‘acknowledgment of a superior, honor, worship;’ for first element see know (v.). The second element is obscure, perhaps from Scandinavian and cognate with the -lock ‘action, process,’ found in wedlock” (HARPER 2001-2021). know (v.): “Old English cnawan (class VII strong verb; past tense cneow, past participle cnawen), ‘perceive a thing…

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If I have been photographed, I am already dead

Reality is a cast; reality is the negative. This is the reason why all our photographs come out looking like positive images. And if reality is the negative, then all our thoughts and dreams now, that we think and dream we thought and dreamt then, are necessarily positive because all we retain from reality is…

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Investment

The photograph is the result of light painting itself. The painting is the action of the hand showing. In the former case, there is no translation involved in beholding the objet d’art: light paints itself on the photographic film/sensor and the result is seen by the eyes which function through the transmission of the same…

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The Persistence of Memory

Anything experienced is a memory. There is no valuable distinction between a true memory and a false memory. All memories are evidentiary. Photography and Memory are identical. Photography is Memory. Every photograph looks back. Photographs look back because they carry a past. Outside of historical time, Eurydice is invariably saved. (The light that sights the…

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If

“Dasein is ontically distinctive in that it is ontological” (HEIDEGGER, 1962:32). The ontico-ontological dimension of Dasein refutes ontology. Being cannot be ontological. The being of beings, Being(,) in itself(,) catches sight of everything outside itself. Dasein realizes that everything about itself is contained within itself – DNA. It is then a willful decision of Dasein…

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Eskhaton

A painting can look painted. A painting can look like a photograph. A photograph can look like a painting. A photograph can clearly look photographed. A painting can be intentionally made to look painted. A painting can be intentionally made to look like a photograph. A photograph can be intentionally made to look like a…

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