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Title: Photographing the landscape of memory : photography, memory and the re-making of the notion of landscape
Author: Baraklianou, Stergia
ISNI:       0000 0001 3443 7428
Awarding Body: Goldsmiths College (University of London)
Current Institution: Goldsmiths College (University of London)
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis aims at articulating the paradoxical nature of the photographic image, via a practice based creative activity. The temporality of the photograph lies in a unique instant-moment when the image is transcribed onto a particular frame, the photographic frame. But in order to open up this very photographic instant or photographic frame, we must also situate the photographic act in its surrounding. The exercise takes place `out in the open.' Situated in the natural landscape, the photographic event relies on the mutual immanence of being and doing at the same time. Opening up the temporality of the photographic frame leads me to consider the meaning of pasearse and also the notion of creative memory. Thus the temporality of the photographic frame does not appear completely autonomous from the photographic body or from the natural surroundings of the photographed place. Rather, it is a relational event combining stillness and movement. The nature of this instant is that at one moment (at the same time), it belongs to a plane of immanence (Spinoza) or the temporality of duree (Henri Bergson). What the photographic frame does is give support to an illusion of a stop or arrest in the passage of the flow of time. Pasearse is a self-reflexive active verb that opens up a temporality where immanence and being coincide. Pasearse can help to open up a photographic instant, to ascribe a certain temporality to the photographic event. The aim is to describe the opening up of the frame or instant as transference, rather than a bifurcation of passive or active. Being as pasearse (Giorgio Agamben). This idea of a perpetual present tense is the experienced time or `folded time. ' (Michel Serres). This temporality constitutes the event of the frame as a time that allows oneself a `view to viewing' (Derrida).
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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