The Image World
Lecturer – Jonathan Clarke
Images can change how we think about things
e.g. Google Earth – several images, view the same thing in different ways
- Artwork has aura
- people travel to see it
- magical moments
- ‘magical’ piece of work: comparison to experience of visiting a religious pilgrimage
- so much protection
- many people want to see it – often disappointment as not a good as they expected – want more excitement
Have to make an effort to see artwork: no other way of seeing it; people devote a time in their life to go see it
Image is not the same as the thing itself – the image is a copy of the painting but not the painting
An image is always a translation.
Copies are not clones, every copy is unique.
Do we remember memory? Or remember a photograph of that memory?
Is the copy better than the original? – colouring photos can give a different meaning
The image comes to define the person rather than the person being the image.
Useful artists: Richard Mosse – takes image of landscapes and war and turns it into pink; uses an infrared camera