Category Archives: Surface

Casting- Rachael Whiteread



Both these articles deal with Ghost in some detail.  There are references to trace – making traces solid.

What is interesting is that the traces are in the walls and the cast of the space creates a mould of the trace, but a cast of the space.

Theses casts seem to hover between positive and negative, like a daguerrotype.


Also deals with positive and negative spaces, the body, casting etc.


links Whiteread with spirit photography..

Celmins drawings



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Untitled (Desert-Galaxy) 1974 Vija Celmins born 1938 ARTIST ROOMS  Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008

Untitled (Desert-Galaxy) 1974 Vija Celmins 

Thinking about the relationship between Celmins astronomical drawings, dust and the early drawings from the telescope at Birr in Ireland, before days of photography.

The spectralities reader : ghosts and haunting in contemporary cultural theory

The spectralities reader : ghosts and haunting in contemporary cultural theory / edited by María del Pilar Blanco and Esther Peeren.

by Peeren, Esther [editor.]Blanco, María del Pilar [editor.].

Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Academic, 2013.Description: xii, 569 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.ISBN: 144110559X; 1441138609; 9781441105592; 9781441138606.Other title: Ghosts and haunting in contemporary cultural theory.

Conceptualizing spectralities / María del Pilar Blanco and Esther Peeren — The spectral turn / María del Pilar Blanco and Esther Peeren — Spectrographies / Jacques Derrida and Bernard Stiegler — État présent: hauntology, spectres and phantoms / Colin Davis — from Introduction: The spectral turn / Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock — Preface: On textual haunting / Julian Wolfreys — from The contemporary London Gothic and the limits of the “spectral turn” / Roger Luckhurst — Spectropolitics: ghosts of the global contemporary / María del Pilar Blanco and Esther Peeren — from Her shape and his hand / Avery F. Gordon — from Life, sovereignty, and terror in the fiction of Amos Tutuola / Achille Mbembe — Spectral housing and urban cleansing: notes on Millennial Mumbai / Arjun Appadurai — from ( ) of Ghosts / Peter Hitchcock — The ghost in the machine: spectral media / María del Pilar Blanco and Esther Peeren — To scan a ghost: the ontology of mediated vision / Tom Gunning — from Introduction to haunted media / Jeffrey Sconce — from Modes of avisuality: psychoanalysis — X-ray — cinema / Akira Mizuta Lippit — Preface: Radio phantasms, phantasmic radio / Allen S. Weiss — from Chair creaks, but no one sits there / David Toop — Spectral subjectivities: gender, sexuality, and race / María del Pilar Blanco and Esther Peeren — from Ghostwriting / Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak — Queer spectrality: haunting the past / Carla Freccero — from Introduction: Raising the dead / Sharon Patricia Holland — from Indian ghosts and American subjects / Renée L. Bergland — Possessions: spectral places / María del Pilar Blanco and Esther Peeren — Buried alive / Anthony Vidler — To give memory a place: contemporary Holocaust photography and the landscape tradition / Ulrich Baer — A geography of ghosts: the spectral landscapes of Mary Butts / David Matless — On the uses and disadvantages of living among specters / Giorgio Agamben — Haunted historiographies / María del Pilar Blanco and Esther Peeren — A history of Unrest / Judith Richardson — The other country: Mexico, the United States, and the gothic history of conquest / Jesse Aleman — Seeing ghosts: The turn of the screw and art history / Alexander Nemerov — Index.

Summary: “Ghosts, spirits, and specters have played important roles in narratives throughout history and across nations and cultures. A watershed moment for this area of study was the publication of Derrida’s Specters of Marx in 1993, marking the inauguration of a “spectral turn” in cultural criticism. Gathering together the most compelling texts of the past twenty years, the editors transform the field of spectral studies with this first ever reader, employing the ghost as an analytical and methodological tool. The Spectralities Reader takes ghosts and haunting on their own terms, as wide-ranging phenomena that are not conscripted to a single aesthetic genre or style. Divided into six thematically discreet sections, the reader covers issues of philosophy, politics, media, spatiality, subject formation (gender, race and sexuality), and historiography”

Eileen Quinlan articles

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Mack drawing and light projects

This is a diagram for a mini-project relating to Heinz Mack’s drawings.  Came across a book in the library – I need to revisit this.

I’m interested in th way Mack’s drawings relate to his light works, the kind of equivalence of processes and the way drawings might inform a light sculpture.

I’m going to do some work around this – drawing, photography and collage.