Articles — January 15, 2013 at 10:58 am

A New Relic Emerges: Image as Subject to Object + Interview, Statement, Artwork

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There now exists the hypothetical potential for this object, or series of objects, to be relocated to a new image context and situated in a geographical paradox. Le Louvre by re-ality on flickr available through Creative Commons license. Wood logs.jpg by Parvathisri on Wikimedia Commons available through Creative commons license.

There now exists the hypothetical potential for this object, or series of objects, to be relocated to a new image context and
situated in a geographical paradox.
Le Louvre by re-ality on flickr available through Creative Commons license. Wood logs.jpg by Parvathisri on Wikimedia Commons available through Creative commons license.

LEA Volume 19 Issue 1
Volume Editors: Lanfranco Aceti and Richard Rinehart
Editors: Ozden Sahin, Jonathan Munro and Catherine M. Weir

ISBN: 978-1-906897-20-8
ISSN: 1071-4391

A New Relic Emerges: Image as Subject to Object
+ Interview, Statement, Artwork

by Rebecca Peel

The banality of objects and platitude of imagery is more insistent than ever. Nuance, in its subtlety, has the power to set something apart in the realm of infinitely reproduced/reproducible art and image-based objects that philosopher Jean Baudrillard previously classified as “only concentrated effects, miniaturized and immediately available.” [1]

With the advent of the Internet, there has been a distinct state change. In its wake visual artists are able to rupture the causes and effects of contribution within any small sphere of network intervention, specifically “when the internet is less a novelty and more of a banality.” [2]

1. Jean Baudrillard, The Ecstasy of Communication, trans. Bernard and Caroline Schutze, (New York: Semiotext, 1988), 18–29.
2. Gene McHugh, Post Internet (Brescia, Italy: LINK Editions,2011).

Full article is available for download as a pdf here.

Volume 19 Issue 1 of Leonardo Electronic Almanac (LEA) is published online as a free PDF but will also be rolled out as Amazon Print on Demand and will be available on iTunes, iPad, Kindle and other e-publishing outlets.

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