Invisible Territories - Claim, Reclaim or Unclaim Your Space
The theme have been explored conceptually through Moholy Nagy’s experimentation of spatial transparency of photographs investigation and techniques. It involves a different approach towards the two dimensionalities of photographs, the effect beyond the physicality but rather the subjective quality it possesses (colour, shade, lines, subject, dimensions, composition, time, chemicals) and of our perception and view of the physical entity within a photograph.
It serves as an instrument to our optical knowledge and how we perceive our boundaries within an existing image, how it could be reimagined through collages and models- addition, subtraction, and superimposition, a reinterpretation of our consciousness of a photograph between realism and abstraction.
The exploration where focus particularly through the excerpts below where are taken from
Eve Blau, Transparency and Irreconcilable Contradiction of Modernity, 2007
Pg 52 – Fourth Paragraph + Fifth Paragraph
“Moholy-Nagy saw his own photographic work and the camera as directly instrumental, as tools that enabled a new kind of optical knowledge. He developed a conception of transparency as a function of montage: a compositional strategy of de-contextualization and re-contextualization that problematizes and foregrounds the dialectical relationships between realism and abstraction, which he saw as inherent to the photograph.”
Pg 52 - Seventh Paragraph
“In the photographs, he made with the camera he used a range of strategies of disorientation: negative exposures and superimposed images that create a sense of motion, depth and spatial interpenetration within the still image of the photographs itself.”
Pg 55 – First Paragraph + Second Paragraph
“For Moholy – Nagy, transparency was a function of projection beyond the object itself: the generation of a spatial phenomenon that is experienced optically, but is invisible in other words, the object generates space and “spatial effect” but it is not coterminous with the space; it does not inhabit space it does not contain space, instead expresses space.”