What Philosophy Wants from Images

What Philosophy Wants from Images

D. N. Rodowick

Print publication date: 2018

ISBN: 9780226513058

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


In the past two decades, the contemporary art world has exhibited an ever-increasing fascination with the cinema; or better, a certain memory of the history of theatrical cinema. A principle material of contemporary art—and it is a rich and varied one—is the ever-fading memory of cinema: a vast archive of cultural experience, elliptical and discontinuous fragments of memory-images, which become an ever more powerful source of fantasmatic resurrection and recreation because they can no longer be invoked directly. These works challenge both the history of cinema, and our memory of the history of cinema in complex ways. In this book, D. N. Rodowick examines how the moving image in contemporary art, in all its complex varieties, is producing a new kind of virtuality or time-image in terms of how it presents a “naming crisis” around questions of movement, image, time, and history in the works of artists such as Christoph Girardet and Matthias Müller, Ken Jacobs, Robert Morris, Victor Burgin, Harun Farocki, and Ernie Gehr.