ADA Rotterdam logo

ADA Rotterdam - Area for Debate and Art

Sunday 01 March 2009. Part of Open Office for Words.

Edward Clydesdale Thomson’s talk: A Leopard, Some Monkeys, Numerous Butterflies, Dozens of Peacocks and a Sublime Vista, looked at the politics of representation by observing how different technologies of display affect our modes of looking and thus our visual experience/s. Together with Jonathan Crary’s notions about modes of attention and Foucault’s ideas on technologies of power, he brought us on a journey through the Rotterdam Zoo via three different modes of spectatorships; spectacular vision / social vision / fully immersive vision, as they are shaped for us by the surrounding architecture.

Ruth Legg’s talk: The Look of Science looks at how images are used to display meaning and knowledge in different contexts, particularly within science. Her focus is on examining the ways in which an image, object or set of words is made to represent a range of ideas, system of beliefs or produce a collective mood. She presented a work in progress, which addresses the way in which science, through-out history has used imagery to present difficult ideas.

Priscila Fernandes’ work: The Ultimate Explanatory Representation of the Self (video performance realized exclusively for this talk) is the documentation of an absurd effort to find an ultimate representation for the notion of identity. The character in the video, in a didactic exercise of incongruous references from the Enlightenment individual to the postmodern subject, explains the imagining of multiple personalities (or shared personalities) as reflective of a sense of the fragmented representation of identity in contemporary society.

The following bibliography is a list compiled of the texts that were brought to The Open Office For Words by participants of Representation at ADA, Area for Debate and Art. This list is entirely accidental and fortuitous.

Theory Books:

  • The Burden of Representation: Essays on Photographies and Histories, New York, Palgrave MacMillan, 1988.
  • Techniques of the Observer, Crary, J, Cambridge, Massachusetts,The MIT Press, 1992. ISBN 0-262-53107-0.
  • Suspensions of Perception, Crary, J, Cambridge, Massachusetts,The MIT Press, 2001. ISBN 0-262-53199-2.
  • The Return of the Real, Foster, H, Cambridge, Massachusetts,The MIT Press, 1996. ISBN 0-262-56107-7.
  • Camera Lucida, Barthes, R, London: Vintage, 2000 [1980]. ISBN 0-09-922541-7.
  • The Crisis of The Real: Photography and the Postmodern, Grundberg, in The Photography Reader, London: Routledge, 2004 [1990]. ISBN 0-415-24661-X.
  • The Task of The Translator, Walter Benjamin, in Selected Writings Vol.I (1913-1926), ed. Bullock, Jennings, The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1992.
  • Paintings, Or Signs and Marks, Walter Benjamin in Selected Writings Vol.I (1913-1926), ed. Bullock, Jennings, The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1992.
  • The Work of art in The Age of Mechanical Reproduction, Walter Benjamin in Art in Theory (1900-1990); An anthology of Changing Ideas, ed. Harrison, Wood, Blackwell Publisher ltd. 1992.
  • Ways of Seeing, John Berger, Penguin Books, 1972.
  • On Photography, Susan Sontag, Penguin Books, 1971.
  • Against Interpretation and Other Essays, Susan Sontag,Picador, USA, 2001 (1962).
  • De Sublieme Historische Ervaring, Frank Ankersmit, Groningen 2007.
  • Questioning History, ed. Frank van der Stok, rotterdam, 2008.
  • Cosmic Imagery; Key Images in The History of Science, John D. Barrow, Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.2008.
  • Art and Illusion; A Study in The Psychology of Pictorial Representation, E.H. Gombrich, Phaidon, 2004.
  • Experience, Memory, Re-enactment, ed. Bangma, Rushton, Wust, Piet Zwart Institute for Postgraduate Studies, Revolver Archive fur aktuelle Kunst, 2005.

Art Works:

  • The Writing Room, Maria Barnas, 2007.

The Ultimate Explanatory Representation of the Self
The Ultimate Explanatory Representation of the Self
Guests at the Open Office for Words.
Guests at the Open Office for Words.
Edward Clydesdale Thomson
Edward Clydesdale Thomson
Ruth Legg
Ruth Legg
Priscila Fernandes
Priscila Fernandes