The territorial role of a cut, fold and a tear: image and the intervention of the hand

Vivian, Paul (2014) The territorial role of a cut, fold and a tear: image and the intervention of the hand. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Vilém Flusser describes a printed image as a "significant surface," a plane to be scanned and navigated, and enabling disclosure of meaning. This paper concerns the process of re-mapping the image via a haptic relationship of folding, cutting and tearing. The reading of a significant surface with territorial, divisive spatial actions. Activating this haptic relationship we create interventions that provide a reconnection with the real as opposed to the space simulated within the image. A cut, fold or tear creates a material border, intimating what Barthes, in "Pleasure of the Text" calls a site representative of a surface's obedience and simultaneously the scar of an actions aesthetic agitation. These are spaces colonised by the hand. As Hito Steyerl points out "discipline is the index of conflict" an epistemological and/or aesthetic innovation through the cut, the fold or tear is a means to destabilise an image's imposed hierarchical authority. Like John Heartfield’s "dialectical problems of form," actions against the surface of an image are instigated to deliberately depose its order and to strategically breach the language of photographic reading, imposing a complex territorial dialogue between the real and representational.

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Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2016 12:56
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