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In/Different Spaces: Place and Memory in Visual Culture / Edition 1
     

In/Different Spaces: Place and Memory in Visual Culture / Edition 1

by Victor Burgin
 

ISBN-10: 0520202996

ISBN-13: 9780520202993

Pub. Date: 12/10/1996

Publisher: University of California Press


Recent discussions about the culture of images have focused on issues of identity—sexual, racial, national—and the boundaries that define subjectivity. In this context Victor Burgin adopts an original critical strategy. He understands images less in traditional terms of the specific institutions that produce them, such as cinema, photography, advertising

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Recent discussions about the culture of images have focused on issues of identity—sexual, racial, national—and the boundaries that define subjectivity. In this context Victor Burgin adopts an original critical strategy. He understands images less in traditional terms of the specific institutions that produce them, such as cinema, photography, advertising, and television, and more as hybrid mental constructs composed of fragments derived from the heterogeneous sources that together constitute the "media." Through deft analyses of a photograph by Helmut Newton, Parisian cityscapes, the space of the department store, a film by Ousmane Sembéne, and the writings of Henri Lefebvre, Andrè Breton, and Roland Barthes, Burgin develops an incisive theory of our culture of images and spectacle.

In/Different Spaces explores the construction of identities in the psychical space between perception and consciousness, drawing upon psychoanalytic theories to describe the constitution and maintenance of "self" and "us"—in imaginary spatial and temporal relations to "other" and "them"—through the all-important relay of images. For Burgin, the image is never a transparent representation of the world but rather a principal player on the stage of history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520202993
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
12/10/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
329
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

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