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Gimme Shelter - De File
Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
cbertsch
cbertsch
Gimme Shelter

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Current Location: 85704
Muse: memories of the soundtrack to Wild Palms

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pissang From: pissang Date: February 10th, 2008 03:40 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
looks like a sonogram...
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 10th, 2008 06:14 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
And that means. . .

Hmmmmm.
pissang From: pissang Date: February 10th, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
If I were in one of those awkward ritual oral exams that English departments inflict upon their graduate students, I might say that you haven't yet entered the Symbolic Order. Personally I find humor in the grotesque image of a grown man-sized fetus floating in a sac of amniotic fluid.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 10th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
You're very, very smart.

(And I'm stupid to keep posting comments from my "teaching" LJ, when I mean to do so from my personal one.)
art_thirst From: art_thirst Date: February 10th, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
kinda spooky but, really looks good.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 10th, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thanks. I like the feel of low-res footage. For Walter Benjamin, the aura of traditional works of art is a function of their inaccessibility. The easier it is to see or otherwise experience them, the more the aura dissipates. I think that formulation can be transposed rather productively to the realm of digital photography and video, where something like Benjamin's aura manifests itself through the occlusion of information. That is, the less detail an image preserves from what it purports to capture, the more that it consists of visual data that derives from a failure to capture -- like the strange boxy units in the darker portions of this altered cell phone photograph -- the more it acquires an auratic quality. Except the inaccessibility in this latter case pertains, not to the work of art, but to its signified.
e_compass_rosa From: e_compass_rosa Date: February 11th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Really nice. How'd you do that?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 12th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It's a cell-phone shot, in which I have enhanced the image's innate crappiness by upping the contrast and going B+W.
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