On posing: notes on imageness
Wehner, Klaus. 2012. On posing: notes on imageness. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London [Thesis]
Abstract or Description
The overarching theme is an investigation of the concept of imageness and ultimately its relationship to the body or the corpo-real. The text establishes its specific notion of imageness and of the posed object by comparing the perceived imageness of the photographic image and of exhibited objects. Comparing the artifice inherent in both the curatorial and the photographic composition, employing aspects of museology, leads to a re- visiting of some basics of photography theory, resulting in criticism of the field, which is dominated by non-practising art historians, from my point of view as an active photographer/artist. The concept of ‘indexicality’ is criticised; in a revised form, as the ‘real index’, its relationship to the body is examined. This leads to the transposition of Roland Barthes’ punctum to posed objects in museums with a real indexical link to the body.