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Title: The predicament of undecidability : moments of 'deja vu' in space, time and consciousness : practice of photographing and writing in Los Angeles
Author: Huska , Frederic
ISNI:       0000 0004 5360 2339
Awarding Body: Ulster University
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2015
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I am a photographer. In photographing the city, I remap it intuitively and libidinally. I distort it. Places in the city are turned inward, into a mental space, into a projection of my own desires and deceptions. I do not speak of this city, of which I know very little, but speak from within the city. I am a tourist. For me the location is full of fantasies, dreams. It reminds me of art, of other photographs and films. I am with myself in this unknown and yet so familiar landscape. A place already close to me, already seen. It feels uncanny. It feels as if I were at the confines of memory, in what is left under forms of impressions, traces of stories, fantasy, and dreams, but also deceptions, frustrations, fears and symptoms. I look at the city through moments of deja vu. This thesis examines the relationship between photography and the city through the phenomenon of deja vu, hence engaging the artistic practice with contemporary theories of space, time and consciousness. After a conceptualisation of key concepts, deja vu, the cinematic and the excess, the thesis progresses through a speculative reading of the images exploring the boundaries between photographic practice, contemporary philosophy, and fiction. In interweaving those elements, at times dissonantly, the thesis investigates how deja vu can implicate one's subjectivity into the sense of duration, in a Bergsonian sense, and how this creates heterogeneous worlds rather than a homogeneous space. By fragmenting thought and dislocating the persona of the researcher, the thesis attempts to respond to such vision. Deja vu permits a displacement of the relationship between photography and the city into questions of time. The thesis examines this displacement creatively and moves into a Deleuzian philosophy of becoming.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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