Vanishing Points (Book)
Articulations of Death, Fragmentation, and the Unexperienced Experience of Created Objects
Deftly deploying Derrida's notion of the 'unexperienced experience' and building on Paul Virilio's ideas about the aesthetics of disappearance, Vanishing Points explores the aesthetic character of presence and absence as articulated in contemporary art, photography, film and emerging media.
Deftly deploying Derrida’s notion of the ‘unexperienced experience’ and building on Paul Virilio’s ideas about the aesthetics of disappearance, Vanishing Points explores the aesthetic character of presence and absence as articulated in contemporary art, photography, film and emerging media. Addressing works ranging from Robert Rauschenberg to Six Feet Under, Natasha Chuk emphasizes the notion that art is an accident, an event, which registers numerous overlapping, contradictory orientations, or vanishing points, between its own components and the viewers’ perspective – generating the power to create unexperienced experiences. This volume will be a must read for anyone interested in contemporary art and its intersection with philosophy.
NATASHA CHUK is a scholar of media objects, technology and philosophy as well as an independent curator.
Foreword by Victor Vitanza
Chapter 1: Ruptures: Negation in the Created Object
Chapter 2: Art and Unexperienced Experience
Chapter 3: Memorialization and Objects of the Dead
Chapter 4: The Apparatus and the Unfixed Vanishing Point
Chapter 5: Presence, Absence, and Play in the Hyperreal Spaces of Computation
Chapter 6: Traces of Absence in Photography: Dina Kantor and Alec Soth
Chapter 7: The Cost of Burying the Dead: Six Feet Under
Epilogue: Resisting Arrest: The Elusive Vanishing Point