FAH101H1 Study Guide - Photographic Plate, Star Chart, Spiritualism

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School
UTSG
Department
Art
Course
FAH101H1
Professor
March 21, 2013
Ghostly Sciences
Photographing Drama, thoughts and “Vital Forces”
Desire to use photography to attempt to show existence of world beyond vision of
another world.
L.Louis Derget, Photograph of thought (1896)
Same technique applied with hope of making photographs of though obtained in
similar way subject was suppose to image portrait of Beethoven whose face should
be in square.
R.Luis Darget, Photograph of dream: the eagle (1896)
Photographic form looks a bit like an eagle. How do u photographic a dream that is
representational? Conducted series of experiments take photos to paper strap to
forehead of scientific subjects through osmosis their dreams would seep out and
take representational form onto the surface. Shared fiction btw experimenter and
subject negotiate in unspoken ways things that are suppose to be represented in
image. Explanatory writing comes with it to help guide u see what the photo is
suppose to be of in left graphical addition to outside not photographic element of a
square relates to star map of the heavens from last week which tells us nothing
without the grid which speaks to specifically what ur suppose to pay attention to-
directs us to the registration of the thought of the person to whom photo paper
attached.
Darget, V-Rays, Human Radioactivity (1896) lost photo
Darget, Photography of thought: Planet and Satelite (1896)
Forms registered looks like a planet and moon what really looks like is 2 circles one
bigger than another again has writing attached is a supplement that in a way
acknowledges that photo cant serve as evidence of what purports to be without
added verbal explanation-again relates to scientific images from last lecture. Bridge
images that are both scientific and fundamentally interested in things that cannot be
empirically recorded.
Hippolyte Baraduc, Photograph of the fluidic nimbus of a medium’s thumb
(1893)
All life on earth in the world is fundamentally composed of vital force certain kind of
energy that coarse through life and animates human beings plants and animals. One
of premises of vitalize is force is so palpable that it can be recorded, camera less
photograph results from direct content from object represented and representation.
Thumb of a medium. Finger print of a medium (someone sensitive able to register
kinds of forces vital force of life and case of mediums to register force of death and
world beyond and to communicate it to us) although image takes familiar form of
fingerprint it is not telling us anything abt the identity of the individual involved but
doing opposite person just vessel through which other kinds of forces make
themselves apparent.
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March 21, 2013
Narkiewitsch-Jodko, Spark made on the surface of the body of a prostiture-
well washed (1895)
In 1890’s series of dubious experiments in which physicist Jodko tried to
demonstrate that moral character of individual could be discerned by registering
how diff forms of electricity responded to their bodies. Linkage btw ones outer
physical form and inner moral state. Spark made on surface of body of prostitute
who had been well washed. All 3 sparks look the same prostitute washed
unwashed and innocent schoolgirl. Linkage btw something fundamentally not
empirical that is moral falleness of a woman involved in prostitution with some sort
of empirical registration on body itself.
Narkiewitsch-Jodko, Radiation of a very anaemic young woman 1895
Radiation doesn’t refer to Rodgens rays but vital force human energy that radiates
from human body of subject. Woman with blood deficiency disorder-he’s trying to
link idea of particular illnesses to question of vital force we are meant to understand
that there might be some kind of diagnostic in making these camera less photo in
other words particular patterns that show other kinds of disturbances of the human
body-relates to last weeks MRI image to give representational form that is reliable
legible to particular variations.
Darget, Photograph of fluids obtained by applying fingers to a photographic
plate 1899
Scientifically useless aesthetically engaging. Thumb print on bottom ochrey yellow
source of light looks as if providing source of light itself. Pushes us to very extreme
of somewhat scientific and spiritual photos can do-certainly cant achieve imperial
goals devoting themselves to nonetheless interesting forms of representation.
Some key features of Spiritualism
1.the human soul is believed to survive after death and is able to communicate with
the living
2. it is a system that is modern and scientific, not only religious3. Science can be
used to prove the existence of the world beyond, and to derive useful info from the
world
4. Alfred to progressive causes like woman’s rights, reconciling science and religion,
counteracting the threats of industrialization and technology
5.Insists that photography can capture the invisible, a claim supported by
mainstream empirical scientific uses of the medium around this time. Spiritualism
draws upon the authority of science generally, and the empirical properties of
photography in particular.
Spiritualists think woman’s souls survive after death and can communicate with our
world from the world inhabited by spirits of the dead.
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Document Summary

Desire to use photography to attempt to show existence of world beyond vision of another world. Same technique applied with hope of making photographs of though obtained in similar way subject was suppose to image portrait of beethoven whose face should be in square. R. luis darget, photograph of dream: the eagle (1896) Photographic form looks a bit like an eagle. Conducted series of experiments take photos to paper strap to forehead of scientific subjects through osmosis their dreams would seep out and take representational form onto the surface. Shared fiction btw experimenter and subject negotiate in unspoken ways things that are suppose to be represented in image. Darget, photography of thought: planet and satelite (1896) Bridge images that are both scientific and fundamentally interested in things that cannot be empirically recorded. Hippolyte baraduc, photograph of the fluidic nimbus of a medium"s thumb (1893)

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