Imaging affect : abstraction and the echo of the unknowable

Mafe, Daniel (2010) Imaging affect : abstraction and the echo of the unknowable. In Baker, Su & Thomas, Paul (Eds.) New Imaging : Transdisciplinary Strategies for Art Beyond the New Media, Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference 2010 Sydney, Australia, Sydney, NSW, pp. 82-90.

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As an artist my primary interest is in the abstract, that is in images of the imageless. I am curious about the emergence of pictorial significance and content from this unknowable space. To speak of the significance of an imageless image is also to speak of its affect. I aim to explore this both theoretically and practically. Theoretically I will explore affect through the late work of Lyotard and his notion of the affect-phrase. This is an under-examined aspect of Lyotard and demarcates a valuable way to look at the origins, impact and ramifications of affect for art. Practically I will apply these understandings to the development of my own creative work which includes both painting and digital work.

My studio practice moves towards exploring the unfamiliar through the powerful and restless silence of affect.In this intense space each work or body of work 'leaks' into the next occasioning a sense of borderlessness, or of uncertainty. This interpenetration and co-mingling of conceptual and material terrains combines to present temporal and spatial slippages evident within the works themselves and their making, but it is also evident in bodies of work across the chronology of their making.

Through a mapping of my own painting and digital arts practice and the utilisation of Lyotard’s notion of the affect -phrase I aim to describe the action of this ‘charged emptiness’ on creativity and explore and explain its significance on that we call image and its animation of what we call critical discourse.

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ID Code: 57555
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: abstract, affect, art, image, Lyotard
ISBN: 9780980718669
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > ART THEORY AND CRITICISM (190100)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 The Author
Deposited On: 26 Feb 2013 23:55
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2013 09:27

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