NOTES ON THE PROJECT
Photographic images, as framed objects, have inherent narratives powers. However we consider or deem their informative or operative potency, “any resemblance to reality is contingent”: the aura of ‘Truth’ borne by the photographic medium keeps the illusion of ‘Objectivity’ alive. Photojournalism still runs on this riddle.
Within the Information Age –and to a larger extent all the more so after 2001– the distribution, diffusion, circulation, consumption and subversion of images of ongoing conflicts intended for a ‘First World’ public have taken on an inflammatory level of surreal proportions. In this context, images of explosions –likely the most spectacular and iconic example of war imagery and (Western) military action– occupy a very ambivalent position once alienated from their news-context, often turning into objects of fear or contempt.
The problematic experience and ambiguous position of the subject confronted to this type of imagery –especially outside of their news-context, as floating elements online– was the start of a strategic and aesthetic investigation into the condition of Spectatorship, the status of this type of image(ry), the relation between abstraction and representation, and overall into the question of “How do we make sense”.
EXPLOSANTE FIXE (1:1)
Print Installation & Dummy (Tome 282/338, edition of 1)
LOCATION: Charles Nypels Lab, 2nd floor
EXPLOSANTE FIXE (t)
Video installation (3'53")
LOCATION: Staircase, ground to 2nd floor
Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht
10-12 March 2016
SELECTED AS SPECIMEN UNDER THE CRITERIA OF:
initial news-value; published in mainstream media; on-going conflict; air-strike; full-blown explosion visible in its totality; presence of at least one "exotic" element; presence of at least one element of estimable size; absence of human beings, alive or dead.
INITIAL AFP/GETTY CAPTION:
A picture taken from the Israeli side of the border with the Gaza Strip shows a bomb dropped by an Israeli air force F-16 jet exploding in Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip, on January 3, 2009. The Israeli military has carried out more than 700 strikes on Gaza since it launched a massive offensive on Hamas a week ago, killing at least 435 Palestinians, the army and medics said today.
Image retrieved from the internet on October 22, 2015
(highest resolution available online) found under the name: explosion_bomb_detonation_missile_rocket_hd-wallpaper-1449956.jpg
EXPLOSANTE FIXE, ongoing project by Marine Delgado
TITLE from André Breton, L'amour Fou (Mad Love), 1932
INITIAL IMAGE (all rights reserved), Patrick Baz (AFP)