Monday, 11 October 2010

weißer Papierfläche

Muybridge, The First Fall, 1867

Muybridge/ Pi-Wi-Ack (Shower of Stars), Vernal Falls, 400 Feet, Valley of Yosemite
1872 photograph | albumen print

The identity of the background of a drawing is quite different from that of the white surface (weißer Papierfläche) on which it is inscribed. We might even deny it that identity by thinking of it as surge of white waves (though these might not even be distinguishable to the naked eye.) (eventuell mit bloßem Auge nicht unterscheidbarer) (604/83).

Framing Pictures, Transcending Marks: Walter Benjamin’s ‘On Paintings, Signs
and Marks’

Andrew Benjamin

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