Image flow: photography on tap

Henning, Michelle ORCID: (2018) Image flow: photography on tap. Photographies, 11 (2-3). ISSN 1754-0763

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This essay is about the phenomenon of mass, mobile photographic images in a digital, networked context. In response to recent writings that challenge the relevance of the close reading of singular images, it proposes rethinking the opposition between singular images and images en masse through philosophical ideas of multiplicity and, in particular, via the concept of image flow. It examines four connected contexts in which concepts of flow have been used: in discourses surrounding the internet and digital media, where it is used to naturalise these media; in psychology, where ideas of flow underpin descriptions of consciousness and human/ animal perception; in robotics and Artificial Intelligence, where ideas of flow from psychology joined with a move away from dependence on representation to facilitate increasingly autonomous mobile machines; and finally, in studies of television, where the on-tap transmission of images has been understood in terms of a flow that articulates or choreographs bodies and attention, connecting the rhythms and temporality of private and public space, cities and suburbs. This model of flow, in particular, allows for analysis that operates across different scales, and undoes oppositions of scale and surface / depth that pervade recent photography theory.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1080/17540763.2018.1445011
Additional Information: This is the revised submitted version, after review but prior to copyediting.
Keywords: flow, photography theory, digital image, networked image, new media, technology, mass reproduction
Subjects: Arts > Cultural history
Media > New media and new media theory
Depositing User: Michelle Henning
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2017 10:13
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2024 08:03


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