The Photographic Now : David Claerbout’s Vietnam

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-145
Number of pages14
Journal / PublicationIntermedialites
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2011
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

David Claerbout’s video installation, Vietnam, 1967, near Duc Pho, reconstruction after Hiromichi Mine (2000), questions the “photographic now,” the present state of photography and its new relation to the present. The piece reproduces, or more exactly recomposes, a press photograph of an American airplane shot down by friendly fire. The Belgian artist travelled to the site of the accident and took a series of photos of the landscape. He then assembled these stills into a video animation onto which he superimposed the still image of the exploding plane. The result is an image whose temporality is hybrid and whose mediality is unclassifiable. This study investigates the process of digital reconstruction and animation, and the “becoming signal” of the image, and questions the possibility of reactualizing the photographic past through digital screening.

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The Photographic Now: David Claerbout’s Vietnam. / HOELZL, Ingrid.
In: Intermedialites, No. 17, 01.09.2011, p. 131-145.

Research output: Journal Publications and ReviewsRGC 21 - Publication in refereed journalpeer-review