'Vision, Control, Power: Identity and Optical Technologies' (working title)

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Abstract

This chapter would be a development of a paper given at the 'Identity and the Creative Act' symposium organised by Steven Lannin who is communicating with publishers about developing a book from the symposium. My abstract was 'The term ‘identity’ implies a visibility and recognition formed through a position in which some
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one can be identified. However, under what conditions might ‘invisibility’ be an identity strate
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gy; disappearance rather than appearance? The figurative representation of a radically different
conception of ‘self’ was of profound concern to modernist avant-garde artists. In contrast to
established representational conventions, new visual forms of articulating the subject were pro
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duced that instead reimagined it as a temporal, fluxive being – one continuous with its environ
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ment. Yet, whilst modernist artists were rethinking – and re-presenting – classical figuration, its
experiments with object, space and identity were instrumentalised by the military. For example,
cubism was harnessed as a strategy for camouflage. Indeed, the twentieth and twenty-first
centuries have been characterised by the technological development of increasingly sophisticat
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ed strategies to ‘unconceal’ (referring to Martin Heidegger’s notion) identity.'
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTBC
Publication statusIn preparation - 2020

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