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A Study on the Absurd Image, Focused on Lyotard’s Affect Theory

  • The Journal of Aesthetics and Science of Art
  • Abbr : JASA
  • 2023, 68(), pp.178-195
  • DOI : 10.17527/JASA.68.0.07
  • Publisher : 한국미학예술학회
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Other Arts and Kinesiology
  • Received : December 13, 2022
  • Accepted : January 12, 2023
  • Published : February 28, 2023

Si Eun Lee 1

1성결대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study aims to examine the absurd image works of Eva Hesse based on the affect theory in Jean-François Lyotard’s later studies. Lyotard discovered “affect” in the case of Sigmund Freud’s Emma and looked into trauma affect based on this. Lyotard sees affect as inarticulate. Affect is a state and moment that cannot be expressed in words, so the expression becomes unclear. So, the part of affect that cannot be segmented attempts “arbitrary representation (visualization) (arbitrary representative).” This affect makes the trauma more evident. Affect is a means of mediating to reactivate memories lost due to trauma and a motivation to clarify the trauma. Emma’s case reveals that affect is distinct from conscious emotion. Just as the linguistic expression of absurdity is reflected in images for Hesse, her traumatic affective existence may be reflected in images that are arbitrary representations in a form similar to absurdity.

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