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If everyone had his or her own camera obscura with a distinctly different viusality, he gleefully concluded, then no transcendental world view was 22 Finally, the Cartesian perspectivalist tradition contained a potential for internal contestation in the possible uncoupling of the painters view of the scene from that of the presumed he- holder.

Summarizing the difference between the art of describing and Cartesian perspectivalism, Alpers posits the following oppositions. This opacity or carnal density of the observer loomed so suddenly into view that its full consequences and effects could not be immediately real- ized.

Vision and visuality

Nevertheless, one could also say that Dutch art is, so to speak, hyperreal compared to Mediterranean art: It rests content with the visual experience of light on our eyes. Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item Svetlana Alpers, The Art of Describing: Jessica rated it amd liked it Jun 20, On the other hand, this modernist move is usually seen in terms of a disembodiment of vision. And here as well the fowter is accompanied by what feels like a structural alteration of the image as it is consolidated only continually to dissolve — the illusion of trembling breast giving way to that of uterine concavity, itself then swelling into the projecting orb of a blinking eye.


Monocularity, like perspective and geo- metrical optics, was one of the Renaissance codes through which ha visual world is constructed according to systematized con- stants, and from which any inconsistencies and irregularities are banished to insure the formation of a homogeneous, unified, and fully legible space. The beat itself is, in this sense, figural — but of an order of the figure that is far away from the realm of space fooster can be neatly opposed to the modality of time.

For surely we now stand at the very limits of representation.

Nowhere is this voluptuous succumbing to the unconscious productivity of the device clearer than in the sketchbook Picasso made as a kind of climax towards which all the others w ere leading, the sketchbook of August 2,which both Cooper 70 Pablo Picasso.

VI In Lacan, something cuts across the space of sight and darkens it: Here I w ant briefly and very sketchily to indicate a few important features of this shift.

The body returns to dethrone the disinterested gaze of the disincar- nated Cartesian spectator. Christine Buci-Glucksmann, La raison baroque: Equally problematic is the subject position in the Cartesian perspectivalist epistemology. This world, moreover, is not contained entirely within the frame of the Albertian window, but seems instead to extend beyond it.

But perhaps more importantly, the privileging of the body as a visual producer began to collapse the distinction be- tween inner and outer upon which the camera obscura de- pended. Duchamp hated retinal art, yet when he talked about it— always to belittle it — he wanted to exempt two artists who he thought might otherwise be confused with it.

As far as I understood it, this could be seen simply in terms of perceptual misapprehension. And the terrain on which these two interrelated observers emerged in the nineteenth cen- tury was the science of physiology.


Vision and visuality by Hal Foster

CC rated it really liked it Oct 05, But once that frame is dissolved on the field of sunvata or emptiness, that narrow angle is found to be enveloped on all sides by a surround of invisibility.

In its first movement, Sartre enters a park and discovers that he is alone: In short, I wonder whether there really is such a difference be- tween Dutch art and Mediterranean art, and whether a real point of difference between Cartesian perspectivalism and other modes has to do instead w ith the performative — the idea of per- formance and the insertion of embodiment into the optical field.

In her paper, Rosalind Krauss explores an optical uncon- scious in modernism, here as tapped by Duchamp, Ernst, Giacometti, and others. Cornell University Press,pp. Immediately this history estranges familiar others: But he is only the first of many re- searchers who become preoccupied with the afterimage in the s and s throughout Europe.

First, it seems undeniable that we have witnessed in the twentieth centurv a remarkable challenge to the hierarchical order of the three regimes. Sen- sory evidence that depended in any w’ay on the body was re- jected in favor of the representations of this mechanical and monocular apparatus, whose authenticity was placed beyond doubt. It is interesting that so many attempts to theorize vision and visuality are wedded to models that emphasize a con- tinuous and overarching Western visual tradition.