That-has-been : a discussion on the body cast as that which fixes a subject in time, in relation to notions surrounding the photograph

Maree, Christine Fae (2008) That-has-been : a discussion on the body cast as that which fixes a subject in time, in relation to notions surrounding the photograph. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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Abstract

Much like a photograph, a casts creates a replica of its referent, thereby immobilising the subject in time. While the subject continues in time and hence ages and inevitably dies the replica does not. With this basic notion of fixing a subject, I have built an argument to contextualise my sculptures, which are made using casts of elderly people. In this discussion I have looked at my works through the ideas of different theorists. The main theorist I have cited is Roland Barthes, specifically with regards to his notion of the photograph as discussed in his book Camera Lucida. I have also referenced three particular artists: Rachel Whiteread, Diane Arbus and Churchill Madikida, as I have found each of their works relate to my work in various ways, creating a different reading from each viewpoint.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Roland Barthes, Camera lucida, Photography, Philosophy
Subjects:T Technology > TR Photography
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Fine Art
ID Code:2740
Deposited By: Mrs Carol Perold
Deposited On:30 Apr 2012 12:21
Last Modified:30 Apr 2012 12:21
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