What is an image? What does an artist do when she creates one? Images are of things. However, there are different ways for one thing to be of another. Names, for example, are of their bearers. But images don’t seem to be of things in the same way that names are. Images are likenesses of their objects. Yet not just any likeness of an object will count as an image. An accidental likeness, such as a crack in the rock that resembles a crow, is not an image. Neither is an image an object that is qualitatively identical to another – a stamp bearing the Queen’s head is identical with another such stamp, but this does not make one an image of the other. Images instead translate their objects into different media (a portrait of the Queen translates this flesh and blood person into canvas and paint). An understanding of images requires a grasp of what it is for one object to translate another, and what is involved in this process of translation. This workshop takes Merleau-Ponty’s work on the image as the starting-point from which to explore these ideas.
Location: University of Nottingham (main campus)
Highfield House, room A11
Date and time: Wednesday 23rd October, 1—4.30pm
1—1.45 ‘Image: for the Eye and in Mind’ Komarine Romdenh-Romluc (Philosophy)
1.45—2.30 ‘Witness the Gift of Seeing’ Derek Hampson (Artist)
3—3.45 ‘Mind the Gap: Architecture and the Image’ Jonathan Hale (Architecture)
3.45—4.30 ‘Living and Breathing the World’ Aimie Purser (Sociology)