Beginning to realise that spectral media is a cultural construct – phantasmagoria. Spectrality is not an essential property of the projected image for example.
Points towards a media archaeological approach to medium.
Links also to Krauss’ essay Voyage on the North Sea. What is an obsolescent medium for example? What are the strategies implied by this essay if looked at from the point of view of artists practise rather than an art historian?
Thinking through the role of the medium via media- art- history.
Posits the idea of the ‘intermedial gesture’ from Agamben (Note on gesture)
Contextualises the debate around intermediality in fine art in particular and the positions of Greenberg, Krauss, and the intermedial art movement of the 60’s.
Intermedia, gestures, spectrality, terrain vague
Gesture and performativity in relation to intermedia – the gesture of photography (Flusser)
Terrain vague – Stalker. an inbetween zone. a kind of ghost story.
Blend modes and spectrality (spirit photography)
Blending in The Sandman -Stan Douglas
Blending in Vera Lutter’s photographs – due to long exposure
Tracing gestures – Pierre Bismuth tracing gestures from film and displaying them over a photograph – another form of blending.
links to noise
at some point a trace cannot be distinguished – figure ground problem. The ground can be viewed as noise and the trace -signal.
link also to forensics
Traces can be linked to narrative – a positivist view of history – evidence.
The spectre is associated with noise (haunted media) breakdown or technology
Ghost in the machine.
Spectrality – Disputed chronology – neither present nor absent