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An ecoaesthetic of vegetal surfaces: on seed, image, ground as soft montage

An ecoaesthetic of vegetal surfaces: on seed, image, ground as soft montage
An ecoaesthetic of vegetal surfaces: on seed, image, ground as soft montage
Engaging with Harun Farocki’s notion of the soft montage, our visual essay builds on our recent Seed, Image, Ground video project (2020). Commissioned by the Fotomuseum Winterthur, the mov-ing image piece addresses the surfaces of vegetal growth in relation to the surfaces of media such as screens and images. While the video is a central reference point for this visual essay, our aim is not so much to theorize our own moving images and their juxtapositions and rhythms. Instead, in this article, we present a series of surfaces and scales that appear in and through the images. Images build upon images and this constitutes the practice-led approach in the temporal unfolding of the video. In other words, the video works as a temporal articulation of image surfaces across and upon living surfaces. Hence the central motif of the video essay and this accompanying text is to ask “what do images of growth look like?” We also employ Celia Lury’s notion of “problem space” to consider the methodo-logical potential in the split screen practice and its relation to Farocki’s soft montage.
Operational image, media art, soft montage, Farocki, environmental humanities, methodology
1470-2029
Parikka, Jussi
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Gil-Fournier, Abelardo
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Parikka, Jussi
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Gil-Fournier, Abelardo
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Parikka, Jussi and Gil-Fournier, Abelardo (2021) An ecoaesthetic of vegetal surfaces: on seed, image, ground as soft montage. Journal of Visual Art Practice. (In Press)

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Abstract

Engaging with Harun Farocki’s notion of the soft montage, our visual essay builds on our recent Seed, Image, Ground video project (2020). Commissioned by the Fotomuseum Winterthur, the mov-ing image piece addresses the surfaces of vegetal growth in relation to the surfaces of media such as screens and images. While the video is a central reference point for this visual essay, our aim is not so much to theorize our own moving images and their juxtapositions and rhythms. Instead, in this article, we present a series of surfaces and scales that appear in and through the images. Images build upon images and this constitutes the practice-led approach in the temporal unfolding of the video. In other words, the video works as a temporal articulation of image surfaces across and upon living surfaces. Hence the central motif of the video essay and this accompanying text is to ask “what do images of growth look like?” We also employ Celia Lury’s notion of “problem space” to consider the methodo-logical potential in the split screen practice and its relation to Farocki’s soft montage.

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Accepted/In Press date: 10 April 2021
Keywords: Operational image, media art, soft montage, Farocki, environmental humanities, methodology

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Local EPrints ID: 448318
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/448318
ISSN: 1470-2029
PURE UUID: c0198ecd-d047-4920-8094-11b3e961611f
ORCID for Jussi Parikka: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2248-6377

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Date deposited: 20 Apr 2021 16:31
Last modified: 21 Apr 2021 01:45

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Author: Jussi Parikka ORCID iD
Author: Abelardo Gil-Fournier

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