Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Seeing Things

Land of silence and darkness werner herzog 1971
"Photography cannot record abstract ideas" Encyclopedia Britannica 
"I would like to see photography make people despise painting until something else will make photography unbearable" Marcel Duchamp

The impossibility of a human deaf and blind since birth to understand abstract ideas. The inability of photographs to communicate abstract ideas to the viewer. The replacement of one medium for another. Painting is replaced by photography; the photograph is replaced by a moving image;  the conversion to digital media allows all communication (past and present) to be infinitely manipulated, combined and filtered.

Werner Herzog - Land of Silence and Darkness (1971)
Mel Bochner - Misunderstandings: A Theory of Photography (1967-70)
Richard Hamilton - Le Chef-d'oeuvre inconnu (2010)

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