Aïm Deüelle Lüski and Horizontal Photography

Ariella Azoulay (Author), Aïm Deüelle Lüski (),

Series: Lieven Gevaert Series 16

Category: Art, Media and Visual Culture, Photography

Language: English

ISBN: 9789058679499

Publication date: January 6, 2014

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Number of pages: 261

Size: 240 x 160 x 150 mm

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Exploring radically new possibilities for contemporary photography by an internationally leading theorist.

This book is the product of a unique collaboration between Israeli artist and philosopher Aïm Deüelle Lüski and visual culture theorist Ariella Azoulay. In their longstanding working relationship, they research how to theorize the structure of the contemporary scopic regime and open a space for its civil transformation. On this occasion, Azoulay interprets a particular series of cameras built by Deüelle Lüski, along with photographs taken by these cameras. Unlike conventional cameras and their vertical photography, Deüelle Lüski’s cameras seek to generate new sets of relations between the camera and the world. Azoulay’s text unfolds four different ‘short histories’ of problems in photography, each of which deconstructs what otherwise might appear as a coherent photographic regime, yet which is shown to be based solely on principles of sovereignty and possession. Through and with Deüelle Lüski’s project Azoulay seeks to ‘potentialize’ the history of photography, that is, to recover long forgotten, un-materialized possibilities. The book contains 100 images and a conversation between the author and the artist.

This publication is GPRC-labeled (Guaranteed Peer-Reviewed Content).

Part 1. A Short History of Photography in Dark Times
Four Birth Junctions
The Body of the Cameras
Pinhole(s) Cameras
The Photographer and the Inventor
Not at the Click of a Button
The World is Not an Object to be Possessed
Camera as a Means, Camera as a Participating Presence
Local Index
Back-to-Back
The Scene of the Murder
The Place and Time
The Big Bang and Sovereign-Possessive-Instrumental Scopic Regime
Our Time

Part 2. The Cameras
Lemons Camera, 1977-1978
Neighborhood Camera, 1977
Horizontal Camera, 1998
72-Centimeters Clay-Wood Camera, 1992
Refugee Camp Camera (Clay), 1994-1995
Shoulder Camera, 1996
North-East-South-West (NESW) Camera, 1992
Pita Camera, 2004
Musical Notes Cameras: Mahler (1988), Scriabin (2012)
Ball Camera, 2004
Cake Camera, 2010
Cards Camera, Vertical & Horizontal, 2010
Wine Barrel Camera, 2012
Scaled Camera, 1978
Football Camera, 2012

Part 3. A Threshold is a Place
Ariella Azoulay talks with Aïm Deüelle Lüski

Ariella Azoulay

Ariella Azoulay is a theorist of photography, curator and documentary filmmaker. She teaches in the departments of Modern Culture and Media (MCM) and Comparative Literature at Brown University.

Visant à repenser la photographie à neuf, le travail conjoint d'Ariella Azoulay et Aïm Deuelle Lüski amène a reconsidérer l'histoire de la photographie ainsi que ce par quoi on la définit. Il s'agit là d'une expérience déconcertante, mais cette réflexion apparaît nécessaire pour se dégager des conceptions qui entravent un rapport citoyen à la photographie.
Erika Wicky, Ciel Variable n° 98, 2014

Deüelle Lüski's camera project is instructive in its non-technological determinism: it exemplifies the fact that technologies are not teleological, but are malleable. In the case of photography, through its flexibility, it can disrupt attempts -; no matter how forceful -; to fix their ontology, their products and the messages they produce. Subversive projects such as Deüelle Lüski's may be increasing through community connections made easier with new media technologies; we will have to see where the threshold era that Azoulay and Deüelle Lüski claim we are in will take us in terms of civil engagement. Nonetheless, to see the threshold as a horizon instead of an obstructive, vertical plane is already a positive step.
Sonya de Laat, Western University, Visual Studies 2015 - http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1472586X.2015.1020084

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