ITAP Lecture One – Connectivity

Notions of Originality

One of the key principles noted in the first ITAP lecture was about the notion where nothing in this present day is in any point ‘original’ showing examples of cases where to someones unknowing eyes, the image presented in front of them could very well look like one of a kind, but that wouldn’t be the case. Throughout time people have taken inspiration from others and in doing so created their own interpretation of others work.

Andy Warhol – Marilyn 1962 was created after the death of the infamous Marilyn Monroe in August 1962. he spoke of the fact that the image is a ‘carefully structured illusion’ of which he believes the lady herself was just like. His work giving out the feel of Marilyn Monroe as ‘high gloss, yet transient; bold, yet vulnerable; compelling, yet elusive. Surrounded by a void, it is like the fadeout at the end of a movie.’

This style of imagery can be seen again later on with the work of Matteo Bertolio for Tank Magazine in 2004, where he recreated the same style with not just this one image but others also, with the same flamboyant colours and extreme differences from realty.

Representation of time as a concept in a medium

The idea that we are seeing a series of events portrayed within a single canvas or photograph, just like within this image Eadward  byMuybridge, called ‘Women walking downstairs’ from the human figure in motion in 1887. This image shows us the movement of the womens steps as she descends down the stairs. Muybridge started out by using this tecnique for trying to desipher if when a horse runs there is a time in which all its hoves leave the floor, this was discovered to be true and the argument settled due to Muybridge’s idea. He later went on to trying the same tecnique with different sources.

Another example of this is Massacio’s ‘The Tribute Money’ created in 1425 and later on completed by Filippino Lippi in the 1480’s. In a way this image is not as clear with its message, there would seem to be three states within the one canvas, showing us a story timeline as it were. The middle image is the first to be looked at, as it takes up the most room and seems to be demanding the most attention within the whole canvas. This image shows Jesus telling Peter where he can go and find the money to be given to the tax collector. The first image set the the left hand side of the canvas is the portrayal of Peter collecting the fish from the sea and taking out of its mouth the gold coins which are to be given to the taxi collect. Then the final image which sits on the right hand side of the canvas shows peter handing over the money to the collect. This idea of showing a story would seem to take  slightly more imagination from the view compared to the stylings of Eadward Muybridge.


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