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The question concerning the thing

Fernando Marante

2017 - 2019

Starting from the assumption that there is no such thing as an abstract photograph, because every single one has a direct connection to its referent on the physical world, these series of images propose to operate a game: at the same time they search for an identification and they escape from it. We know they are representing a thing, but the image is ambivalent about that thing. They have a disturbed relation with codes and to what they look like.

These hypothesis-images, an accumulation of movement and duration, synthesized by the mechanical eye of the photographic camera, exist only as a theoretical possibility in the world of objects. As a visual essay, lending it’s name from Heidegger’s famous course “Die Frage nach dem Ding”, the images are more interested on the question - What is a thing? - than on its answers.

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  • A certain amount of time contained on a certain amount of space

  • A certain amount of time contained on a certain amount of space

  • Ballet Mécanique

  • Ballet Mécanique

  • Study on the possibility of movement

  • Ballet Mécanique

  • Pierrot le fou

  • Ballet Mécanique

  • Pierrot le fou

  • Study on the possibility of movement

  • Study on the possibility of movement

  • A certain amount of time contained on a certain amount of space

  • Studies on the possibility of movement

  • Ballet Mécanique

  • Ballet Mécanique

  • Study on the possibility of movement

  • Matter Accident

  • Black hole red hole: Red

  • Black hole red hole: black

  • From where we stand the ground escapes us


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