Pictures, Parables, Paradoxes
Edited By András Benedek and Kristóf Nyíri
Image, Metaphor, Symbol
Philipp Stoellger Living Images and Images We Live By What Does It Mean to Become a Living Image? “The ability to feel one’s own body image as a moving tactile image, is the beginning of image competence.” John Michael Krois 1. Conceptual Remarks At the beginning there is a need for some conceptual remarks about what an image may be and do: 1.1. Image as Visually Addressed Artefact I follow a broad concept with reference to Alberti and Bredekamp1, that an im- age is not only art, but is always “manipulated nature”, like shells that are used for jewelry or as little sculptures. The artificial processing and a certain use transform the shell into an image. Whenever something is shown, presented or exposed, it becomes an image. Such a broad concept needs further distinctions of course: from visibility to iconicity to pictures and images in a more narrow sense. But neverthe- less: a certain use and a certain perception makes something to become an image. As a conceptual frame one may say: an image is a visual artefact, a visually ad- dressed artefact made for perception, for bodily perception and body-experience (not only for a bodiless eye). I. e. images always are embodied and addressed as well to embodied receptions. Thereby anything that is visible can become an image, furthermore: what is shown becomes an image. For example, every one of us wakes up in the morn- ing in a special mode of appearance – and after some minutes or hours...
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