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The Trace of the Mind? The Cultural History of Thought Photography

  • The Journal of Aesthetics and Science of Art
  • Abbr : JASA
  • 2017, 50(), pp.3-44
  • DOI : 10.17527/JASA.50.0.01
  • Publisher : 한국미학예술학회
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Other Arts and Kinesiology
  • Published : February 28, 2017

Shin, Seung-Chol 1

1강릉원주대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper critically examines the cultural meaning of thought photography. Thought photography was invented by the scientific and mystic experiment that was inspired by the Roentgen Rays. In the new optical regime, in which the human eyes were substituted by the materialized sight, it was believed that the mind could be visualized on the exposed film to the ray of thought. This photochemical experiment was widely conducted to get a photographic record of the image of mind, and the image was considered as the objective inscription media. The belief in the visualization of mind was justified by the photographic act and belongs to the realm of science in the indices paradigm. In this context the reading of mind became an image problem. Although the iconographisation of mind was de facto the result of a misinterpretation, the belief that the image could visualizes the invisible exerts cultural influences. It controlled the scientific experiment, and maintained the epistemic position of image. By visualizing the invisible, the image produces knowledge and discours about it. This competence was critically verified in the thought photography.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.