Monthly Archives: January 2017

Trace – articles


Zummer talks about the complexity of images and trace in particular


This is a broad philosophical treatment of trace


Media archaeological treatment of chronophotography


Role of trace in philosophy of Levinas


Applies concept of trace to science and experimentation


James Elkins explores the concept of figure ground from various perspectives.  I contrast the concet of figure ground in art with the role of trace in science/history and other evidence based discipline.

Spur: Spurenlesen als Orientierungstechnik und Wissenskunst

Spur: Spurenlesen als Orientierungstechnik und Wissenskunst

Ist das Spurenlesen archaischer Restbestand eines ›wilden Wissens‹ oder läßt es sich in allen entfalteten Zeichen-, Erkenntnis- und Interpretationstechniken aufspüren? Wie kann das Spurenlesen vom Textlesen und vom Interpretieren sprachlicher und bildlicher Zeichen abgegrenzt werden? Bilden Spuren die Nahtstelle der Entstehung von Sinn aus Nichtsinn? Verbinden sie unsere Zeichenpraktiken mit der Dinghaftigkeit, Körperlichkeit und Materialität der Welt? Werden Spuren entdeckt oder werden sie im Akt des Spurenlesens überhaupt erst hervorgebracht? Das sind Fragen, auf die der Band Antworten sucht. Seine Leitidee ist, daß das Spurenlesen eine Orientierungstechnik und eine Wissenskunst verkörpert, die nicht nur in der Philosophie und den Geisteswissenschaften, sondern auch in den Naturwissenschaften wirksam wird

  • Verlag: Suhrkamp Verlag; Auflage: Originalausgabe (28. Mai 2007)
  • Sprache: Deutsch
  • ISBN-10: 351829430X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3518294307

Sites of the Uncanny: Paul Celan, Specularity and the Visual Arts

Sites of the Uncanny: Paul Celan, Specularity and the Visual Arts 

 This is the first book-length study that examines Celan´s impact on visual culture. Exploring poetry´s relation to film, painting and architecture, this study tracks the transformation of Celan in postwar German culture and shows the extent to which his poetics accompany the country´s memory politics after the Holocaust. First study of the transmission of Paul Celan’s lyric poetry to the visual arts Consideration of the reception of Celan through film, painting and architecture Fundamental analysis of the importance of Celan for the ways of remembrance in Germany following the Holocaust

Product details

  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: de Gruyter (20 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3110191350
  • ISBN-13: 978-3110191356

Travelling concepts in the humanities : a rough guide

Travelling concepts in the humanities : a rough guide / Mieke Bal.

Publisher: Toronto ; University of Toronto Press, [2002]Description: xvi, 369 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0802035299; 0802084109.

Attempting to bridge the gap between specialised scholarship in the humanistic disciplines and an interdisciplinary project of cultural analysis, Mieke Bal has written an intellectual travel guide that charts the course ‘beyond’ cultural studies. As with any guide, it can be used in a number of ways and the reader can follow or willfully ignore any of the paths it maps or signposts.

Bal’s focus for this book is the idea that interdisciplinarity in the humanities – necessary, exciting, serious – must seek its heuristic and methodological basis in concepts rather than its methods. Concepts are not grids to put over an object. The counterpart of any given concept is the cultural text or work or ‘thing’ that constitutes the object of analysis. No concept is meaningful for cultural analysis unless it helps us to understand the object better on its own terms.

Bal offers the reader a sustained theoretical reflection on how to ‘do’ cultural analysis through a tentative practice of doing just that. This offers a concrete practice to theoretical constructs, and allows the proposed method more accessibility