Self Portrait in Cling film (Life mask) 2013: Book Idea


Having spent the past few days writing a lecture about the photographic book as an object, and having received some excellent advise and pointers from a thread I started on Facebook I thought it a good idea to have a go myself. As I am an advocate of the relationship between theory and practice being fluid and being inspired by all the great stuff out there please see below for my attempt. In one sense this is a continuation of the project “practice what you teach” on another it is avoidance of the nuts and bolts of  lecture writing.

The book has the working title, Self Portrait in Clingfilm (life mask). It is the documentation of a performative act but is intended to reference the self-reflexive nature of photography. This is both in terms of Ansel Adam’s statement that,’ You don’t take a photograph, you make it’ but also in reference to the idea that all the photographic can be and indeed any interpretation of the world; language, maths, plastic arts et al (from an object orientated ontological view point) are a series of sensual relations.  As philosopher Graham Harman states ‘The expressive surface of the world or zone of mere accidents is only the site where relations can take place’. In the performance and the photograph this is explored as the creation of a self-portrait in cling film and soap. The work is an exploration of contemporary philosophy on a domestic scale produced as a sculptural photographic book.

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