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

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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
one can be identified. However, under what conditions might ‘invisibility’ be an identity strate
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
duced that instead reimagined it as a temporal, fluxive being – one continuous with its environ
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
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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