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The Concept of Apparatus and Expanded Field of Image Theories : focusing on the converging point between Flusser and Agamben

  • The Journal of Aesthetics and Science of Art
  • Abbr : JASA
  • 2015, 45(), pp.219-242
  • DOI : 10.17527/JASA.45.0.07
  • Publisher : 한국미학예술학회
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Other Arts and Kinesiology
  • Published : October 31, 2015

CHO SEON RYEONG 1

1부산대학교

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ABSTRACT

In an effort to construct the theory of the ‘apparatus-image’ or ‘image-apparatus’ in the light of aesthetics in general which deals with contemporary images such as photography and moving image, I reviewed Vilem Flusser's theory of technical images. Then I referred to Giorgio Agamben's theory of apparatus in order to overcome Flusser's theoretical drawbacks and expand the significance. Flusser's creativity lies in his argument that technical images are not secondary imitation of outer world, but abstractly constructed results of apparatus's inner universe. However, Flusser's theory cannot avoid a dilemma because he sees just extrinsic confrontation between human being and apparatus, and could not explain the possibility of human's freedom under the sway of apparatus. I disclosed the converging point between Flusser and Agamben in terms of their common interests and common spheres of researches. Agamben's notion that apparatus captures life to produce subjectivity can help resolve Flusser's theoretical dilemma and expand his vision. But the comparison between Flusser and Agamben is not my ultimate purpose. My intention is to suggest a possible theory of the ‘image-apparatus’. It would be a discipline to focus on the connection among images, apparatus, subjectivities, and powers. This new field of study would explore contemporary issues related to technical images which traditional aesthetics could not have handled.

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