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Abstracting concepts from sets of instances: the case of serial works of art

Kass, Jason (2014) Abstracting concepts from sets of instances: the case of serial works of art. In: Visual In-Sights Conference, 26-27 June 2014, Newcastle University.

Type of Research: Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item
Creators: Kass, Jason

Visual memory involves episodic memories specific to time and place (instances) and general memories comprising broad abstract concepts. Concepts are abstracted from relationships between instances leading to the formation of stable mental prototypes based on sets of exemplars. This paper is concerned with the rapport between specific instances and general concepts in terms of visual works of art. By way of examples, a particular class of serial artworks is discussed regarding the unique interplay of instances and concepts as a mode of address. A recent body of the author’s practice-based research is then discussed in relation to Barthes' (1981) account of remembering a loved one through photographs – an especially affecting demonstration of the limits of visual memory based on the distinction between instances and concepts.

Barthes, R. (1981) Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.

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Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Fashion
Date: 27 June 2014
Event Location: Newcastle University
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2014 14:23
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2014 14:23
Item ID: 7319
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/7319

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