Saddling The Troyan Horse

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  • Saddling The Troyan Horse (High & Low)

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  • Saddling The Troyan Horse

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  • Panel Statement

    We live, swirling in images not of our own making, “echoes that arrest experience and play it back in slow motion. Cameras and recording machines not only transcribe experience but alter its quality, giving to much of modern life the character of an enormous echo chamber a hall of mirrors. Life presents itself as succession of images or electronic signals, of impressions recorded and reproduced by means of photography, motion pictures, television, and sophisticated recording devices. Modern life is so throughly mediated by electronic images that we cannot help responding to others as if their action and our own-were being recorded and simultaneously transmitted to an unseen audience or stored up for close scrutiny at some time later”. The image has become central to the radical debate within culture and anything that challenges the production of imagery will lead inevitably to fundamental shifts in working practices and the theoretical positioning of disaffected cultural groupings. The current development of photo retouching technologies and the computer’s ability to create a level “aesthetic- playing-field” is framing the debate for the 90s. A new and urgent emphasis is now to be placed on the nature of “image as information” with its transition of the image from stable fixed entity existing in the physical world, to the plastic malleability of an image reduced to raw data waiting to be processed rather than authored.

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