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Analogue: On Zoe Leonard and Tacita Dean

Iversen, Margaret (2012) 'Analogue: On Zoe Leonard and Tacita Dean.' Critical Inquiry, 38 (4). pp. 796-818. ISSN 0093-1896

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“Analogue: On Tacita Dean and Zoe Leonard” draws on surrealist conceptions of automatism and chance. It engages with current debates concerning artistic agency and automatism that hinge on the difference between digital and analogue photographic processes. The debate is joined in this paper through the work of two artists who attach great value to the analogue medium. Both Leonard and Dean are resistant to the inexorable rise of digital photographic technologies and the corresponding near obsolescence of the analogue. In response, they are concerned to make salient the virtues or specific character of analogue film such as its indexicality and openness to chance—characteristics the full significance of which may only have become apparent under pressure of digitalization. Drawing on Eric Santner’s account of the concept of “exposure,” Iversen draws attention to a kind of photographic art practice that is marked by contingency and seared by reality.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
T Technology > TR Photography
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Humanities > Philosophy and Art History, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2012 15:33
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:54

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