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You will hardly remember me, and the smallest among you will have entirely forgotten me. Your father was a man who acted as he thought best and who has been absolutely faithful to his convictions. Grow up into good revolutionaries. Study hard to master technique, which gives you mastery over nature. Remember that it is the Revolution which is important and that each of us, taken in isolation, is worth nothing. Above all be sensitive, in the deepest areas of yourselves, to any injustice committed against whoever it may be anywhere in the world.
What does the eye perceive that the microscope cannot reveal? He drew her face many times in her presence but was unsatisfied because he could not capture the aspect he sought. Later, he redrew the picture from memory and found the remembered face had the missing essentials: The likeness cannot materialize without the artist and the emotions the memory of the Other serve to trigger in the artist, who then seeks to transmit them; to become a medium for this contour, or space, noticed but not under- stood.
For Berger, the eyes of the viewer are essential, but the eyes cannot be looking in an indifferent way. A horizon the idea of the horizon in me?
A likeness is a gift and remains unmistakable — even when hidden behind a mask. A likeness can be effaced.
Are you sure? The face speaks. The manifestation of the face is already discourse. An introduction, we learn: For Berger, this time-transcendent element can be transmitted, but not tamed, in images of the Other.
And for Barthes, the photograph itself is invisible yet provides a vehicle for the image, just as the physical face provides a mobile map, features, and contours, for emotional expression. Faces are profoundly communicative, and we need no lessons in how to decipher the myriad expressions that can manifest themselves on such a mobile surface. Indymedia the medium of the picture. This is a new space. Yet the dependency on inter- animation with the viewer also can facilitate commodification of the image, and consequently indifference.
This possibility is continuously exploited by popular culture. Since the expression of intense emotion can invoke a facial response, for example, we may grimace or frown when we see someone experiencing a tragic moment or we may smile when we see someone having a particularly joyful moment, we have the capacity to mirror what we see. This photo can turn us into Other because the expression recreates and dislocates.
Thus the image, as jar, becomes an intersubjective place. Witnessing the image sanctions re-location: Those who see hope in the image, are perceiving the light that makes a window happen. Youth and the Face of Che Guevara in Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela, is a city of stark contrasts and extreme inequality. Space is at a premium in this densely built city squeezed into a valley between two mountain ranges so that buildings rise higher and higher.
Entire neighbor- hoods are vertical communities located in bloques, buildings unique to Caracas were designed in the late fifties specifically to house large numbers of the urban poor. By contrast, the middle classes live in a variety of condo-like securitized edificios. In this crowded and stratified context, and between the cracks of a nation divided and struggling in a battle of media and images, I began my fieldwork.
With them, I had the opportunity to explore the significance and practice of this famous image for them. I found that the C. My fieldwork informs the case study portion within a larger project about the Guerrillero Heroico. Guerrillero Heroico cropped version unexpected interactions and events.
I was also free to collect visual, oral, written, and artifactual data as needed. When, then, does meaning arrive? We can say it is arriving when there is motion back and forth between the experience and doubt borne by the participants, by the researcher, and ultimately by the reader.
It began with a face Peter McLaren writes about a bus ride he took in Latin America where he felt a sudden impulse to greet a young man who was walking down the street wearing a Che t-shirt. Youth and the Face of Che Guevara in Venezuela 67 wearer as a link with all people with a common resolve to fight injustice and free the world from cruelty and injustice xix. Across the globe, other people resonate in similar ways with the Guerrillero Heroico.
Many times the image is simply being exploited as designer revolutionary-ism for trendy popular consumption; however, it repeatedly emerges in the midst of social protests and demonstrations gazing out from placards and banners.
It surfaces in marches against N. Although rebellion and resistance are common themes, it may be problematic to assume rebellion signifies the same thing to people regardless of time or place, or that perfect translation is possible. The moment of snapping the photograph was not in itself a rebellious one. The previous day, a bomb had killed sailors and stevedores on the French freighter La Coubre, carrying a Belgian arms shipment. Rescuers boarding the ship were killed by the detonation of a second bomb.
As Fidel Castro eulogized the victims, Guevara among others was on the podium. Korda www. Korda so much that he instinctively lurched backward, and immediately pressed the button: There appears to be a mystery in those eyes, but in reality it is just blind rage at the deaths of the day before.
Some of his photos had earned international acclaim, yet he chose to display this particular photo on his studio wall for years. Later, he chose this photograph to give to Italian publisher, Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, who published it. Scholars in the disciplines of art, design, and art history discuss the genesis and flourishing of this image with reference to the aesthetics of pop culture. Additionally, people young and old participate in countless discussions on weblogs and in magazines.
Individuals within both spheres repeatedly use the photograph as a way to talk about the man himself, and there is little analysis if any of how the image functions in its wider uses. Icon, Myth and Message, provides a starting point. In the preface, Carol A.
T-shirts, murals, and protest posters or prints are the most frequent canvases for vernacular versions of this image. Wells Kunzle also observes that: The visage of the hero who helped transform history has to a degree become a commercial logo in recent years.
Regardless, the iconography emerging around the image is anything but universal: This seemingly endless proliferation that shows no sign of slowing down, provokes Kunzle to ask: Youth and the Face of Che Guevara in Venezuela 69 For youth, this image appears to have a unique status generation after gener- ation.
While in Cuba the public dimension of his figure persists, in the capitalist world it endures above all as a central topic for youth counterculture. Certainly, Guevara is not the sole source of this imaginary of youth but in his wake some of his principle aspects converge: A rebel look that has nothing trivial, given that the icons are thin only in guise … keeping above all, the spirit of egalitarian utopia, in a reference that persists mainly in youth militancy.
However, they explicitly recognize the orientation of youth toward this image and what it has to offer them. As members of the Colectivo Alexis Vive demonstrate, there is an implicit recognition that this image is actually more than an image. I stayed there during this period, when I was trying to open communications with a particular group—C.
For a time, the non-renewal of R. As momentum built and the university students nationwide decided to march, their lack of attendance caused university classes around the country to be suspended.
Every day brought a new crisis and it seemed as though a virtually unending stream of contradicting stories were being televised. If it was difficult to understand what was happening in Venezuela from outside the nation: For example, during one two-week stretch, evenings were subject to deafening nightly cacerolazos from 8 p.
Paradoxically the streets themselves stood empty. Interestingly, many grassroots movements still publicly expressed support for this president. They recognized but expressed forgiveness for his errors in the hopes that he could still create positive change in their daily lives.
The C. Their safety was at risk because they had issued a public declaration claiming responsibility for spray painting graffiti in red on R. They had named themselves after a former member of the community, Alexis Gonzalez, who was shot and killed during the counter-coup upheavals of after which they officially formed the Colectivo. Mural in 23 de enero, Caracas. But they are one of many. The Colectivo protects and cares for their neighborhood which is like a shrine to Che Guevara and famous for its murals covering just about every available wall.
The youthful 12 to plus-year-old members of the C. I had the opportunity to explore the significance and practice of this famous image for them. We met in an empty classroom one late afternoon. I presented a video montage to help explain my interest in the image of Che Guevara and how it performs its cultural work around the world. I also shared ideas about how I would like to learn about the C.
They listened. A few days later, Professor Canino informed me that they had decided to grant me permission to enter the barrio.
However Manuel, an established member, cautioned me that if I wanted to understand what was going on, and how socialism was being constructed in this part of Caracas, I would have to be prepared to experience it first-hand. To translate, he said: Sometimes foreigners, or others from outside, are interested to learn about the reality here.
And we take them to see all the areas of the barrio, why? Because basically that is how we see socialism being forged. They must know what the socialist revolution is from within, and through experience.
As a result, I feel an obligation to recognize how my privileged position informs all aspects of the research including my decision to consult with and incorporate the suggestions of Colectivo members throughout the research. I found this a surprisingly theoretical understanding from which to base all their actions.
But it was to become much clearer through our interactions that their theory was action, and that action was their theory lived out. At the outset, everyone I spoke with treated me with suspicion because of my university affiliations, because I was an outsider, and because I was explicit about doing research.
On one occasion Ana, another member, forcefully reminded me of my position when she commented that the bandana I was wearing had come to me too easily. It had been given to me as a welcoming gift, but is normally worn only by full-fledged members who have undergone lengthy training and which represents the group to outsiders.
It is a significant symbol and mark of a specific membership status within the community, This comment was a way of saying I had not earned it by going through their formation process, or contrib- uting my labor, and implied I would not fully appreciate its meaning and weight. Concurring, I voiced appreciation of the gift as a token of their recognition and trust in an alliance in its infancy and a continuing working relationship.
As agreed, I currently continue to correspond, and share my work, with the Colectivo and respond to their concerns, both in order to contribute to the community, and in the spirit of researching with rather than on others.
The experience was a strong reminder to be vigilant of falling into the trap of doing research that can be distin- guished primarily by its parasitic nature, feeding off the people studied, providing career perks for the researcher, and not giving back or sharing the benefits. Living walls of praxis The Colectivo members made themselves known through a tour of the neigh- borhood murals highlighting their stories, histories, and lives. For instance, an abandoned and decaying swimming pool was recovered through the voluntary labor of the Colectivo and commemorated with a mural figure 4.
This pool had been a dumping ground for 17 years and part of an urban jungle where drug-dealing and other illicit activities would take place.
The pool is now a free facility for local children and is operated by the Alexis Vivistas with help from community members. In a parking lot, there was the image of a man whose face is masked by a bandana figure 4. Since there is little if any garbage collection in these barrios, refuse is highly Figure 4. Guevara mask mural by C. Cambre visible; when seen from afar, rivers of garbage appear to be snaking down the hills. The bandana matches the one used by Alexis Vivistas with the yellow, blue and red of the Venezuelan flag and notably the face of Che Guevara embroidered in the center just where the mouth would be.
Additionally, when the wearer speaks he or she is actually speaking through the image. They implied that it was because of the image that garbage no longer accumulated in that spot, thus acknowledging the functioning of this image: Another mural figure 4. However, I am compelled to mention two other important landmarks.
First, the Cuban-run and staffed medical clinic is provided within a government initiative to install a clinic in every barrio where many residents had never seen a doctor in their lives. As a group of Alexis Vivistas showed it Figure 4. Parking lot mural by C. Mural in honor of Kley member of C. Cambre to me and described its significance, hope was palpable in their eyes and voices. The relationship with Cubans was friendly, and I was told that their presence was in keeping with the internationalist philosophy of Che Guevara.
Second, the story of Kley, a year-old leader of the group who was gunned down in the parking lot by thieves in August , is not merely remembered: This mural embodies the link between these young people and social change. As the words on the mural exclaim: Because they are in a context filled with urgency and precarity, I view their use of the image as a serious and political example: They thus take the memory of a photograph to create something new: The central question of this chapter is this: When I attended a public meeting in C.
We discussed what the image was doing in their neighborhood, on their insignia, including why and how they had chosen it, and what power it had.
For C. Their truths become visible in the image of their actions. Thinking discur- sively and performatively, we can ask what does the Red Cross in a combat zone say and do?
Ideally, it tells people where they can go; it orients, indicates safety, and perhaps tells opposing forces that they need not attack it, nor will they be attacked from that quarter. It speaks and acts. Instead of relying on the naturalized, sedimented, or ideological to explain the coherent nature of social meaning and power, a performative framework looks to the unpredictable process of interpretation, dissemination, and difference.
Thinking of the image as a verb rather than a noun, and as essentially perform- ative yet material , may help us jump ontologically to perceive its function differently. Enactments express primarily desire so that context is essential for compre- hending practice. In the case of this picture of Che Guevara, it presents not only a face, but also something that has been treated as a person, been spoken to, despised, or carried from place to place in ritual processions.
However sacred this image has been made, this is not a cross, an icon of the Virgin Mary, or any other symbol whose authority resides in its religious conno- tations. This idea of being embodied in the public claims of a community is where I see the work of the image fitting in. How does the Colectivo in Caracas demonstrate an understanding of how images work? We have the example of the mural preventing garbage disposal in a corner of the parking lot. It is not passive; rather it authorizes certain actions and attitudes while prohibiting others.
It is dynamically militant. The parking lot mural frees viewers from passive reception so that a space for dialogue can open, though not necessarily through language, which then engenders a capacity to act. In terms of performative ways the image works for the Colectivo, let us consider their bandana and crest figure 4.
He is not Venezuelan; they have other heroes. In fact, are they not to some extent de-facing the national flag by using it as background for this image? No flag of any nation carries a face. Manuel asserts that he and other Vivistas do not see this as a case of defacement, rather it is the expression of an ideal: Figure 4.
Mural of bandana by C. Youth and the Face of Che Guevara in Venezuela 81 We take it up—we believe in the revolution of Che, his ideas, his philosophies. We link [Venezuelan hero Simon] Bolivar and Che … the act of having his face over flag is high impact. Che for us is the construction of the new man … to reach being like el Che, is to be more human.
And it is one thing to show, but each thing we do is a story, it had a debate and a story … Our constant practice is to create consciousness in the community. Seeing is as material and central to life as food: It is what is seen, that convinces. As Manuel emphasized: When we are cutting the grass, people see what we are doing, when we are cleaning the pool we are demonstrating the image of the practice, not using words to convince, if one studies the phases of Che, he is still having a revolution … he was always in the midst of a personal evolution from one form to another, that constant revolution, to keep working and constructing … is what we bring to life and our work here.
The Colectivo Alexis Vive produces its own images, murals, scenes, not as reflections of the world, or as remembrances of the past, nostalgia, history, et cetera but rather as models of behavior, perception, and experience.
The images propose specific actions to some extent and, if you will, they act in the world by authorizing action. At the same time, the act of cutting the grass through voluntary labor allows Alexis Vivistas to enter the image itself, to become an image of something, perhaps of what the face of Che Guevara is to them. This agentic role takes us Figure 4. Alexis Vive uniform by C.
Youth and the Face of Che Guevara in Venezuela 83 beyond semiotic notions of indexicality, symbolism, and iconicity, though all these relationships play a part. The pivotal idea on which all this rests is their understanding of action. The uniforms of the Colectivo Alexis Vive carry the slogan: For Alexis Vivistas, the only way to bring Alexis back to life is through their actions, not by memorials, ceremonies, or writings though these are also acts , but by acting in the way Alexis himself would have acted, and bringing him to it, or evoking him.
Arendt believed that political activity was not just about coming to a consensus about what was good in society, rather it was what allowed individuals agency and the power to develop their own capacities. In The Human Condition , she locates action as an articulation of human togetherness: On the ground, Alexis Vivistas are living this praxis and working through questions of meaning and identity in creative ways.
Arendt , gives us a hint in her epigraph from Dante Allighieri: For in every action what is primarily intended by the doer, whether he acts from natural necessity or out of free will, is the disclosure of his own image.
Thus, nothing acts unless [by acting] it makes patent its latent self. Mural in 23 de enero by Colombian graffiteros by C. Youth and the Face of Che Guevara in Venezuela 85 In action, being is intensified, made manifest, revealed, and thus imaged.
Can we say resistance and visuality are intimately linked? The imaging, as disclosure, becomes an unmasking. We understand in motion and not just any motion but a flickering oscillatory one. Action is the key. In this sense, we can say that we image the world. How do images image? Images work in the world differently from words. In the context of the relations between people and images in informal settings and more specifically the conditions of dissent, images challenge the regimes of representation governing a society and have the power to recompose subjectivity and praxis.
French philosopher Alain Mons writes: Where does the legitimating power of images come from? This is not a legitimacy that has legality or law at its source. Testimony to the efficacy and vitality of images exists in what they achieve. This stands apart from what people do in relation to imaged form, and is enhanced by the possibilities they envision an imaged form might achieve.
Images are happening. Numerous scholars and thinkers wrestle with the slipper- iness of grasping what images do because neither semiotic art historical , nor phenomenological, nor anthropological languages suffice. The picturesque is always to some extent a caricature … there is then a duality in this person, this thing, a duality in its being … We will say the thing is itself and is its image.
Just as freedom, for Hannah Arendt, does not exist until the moment it is exercised, the image only happens when someone is creating or responding to what they feel, or perceive of it. The young Alexis Vivistas reveal an awareness of the dynamics of image-ing when they describe it as a place where they can enter, and act, yet at the same time tell me it is a frontier, or an interface through which they can speak.
Listening to the Alexis Vivistas describe how they conceive of this image shows they do not see it as static, nor as a unitary object. Perhaps the route is to ask not what, but when image is. Or, how images can be seen to work or occupy roles in the particular places they create. Thinking of an image as something that can be read is misleading.
Images are not things that can be deciphered through atomisti- cally dismembering and analyzing their elements; rather they are holistically interpreted in connection to the background in which they become foreground. We know that with images space and time function differently. I can grasp an image almost instantly, whereas I will not reach the meaning of a sentence until I have gotten to the end of it, it is a progression embodying a historical consciousness Flusser Roland Barthes in Camera Lucida goes further by describing a fluid and transitive structure of the image.
It would be to return to a questioning of the image that does not yet presuppose the figured figure as representational object , but only the figuring figure by which he means a process that leaves open what might become visible in the visual.
Correspondingly, Jean-Luc Nancy , 7 approaches the virtual tactility of the image saying, thus touched and drawn by it and into it, I get involved, not to say mixed up in it.
There is no image without my too being in its image but also without passing into it, as long as I look at it, that is as long as I show it consideration … regard.
Thus, we can understand viewers themselves as becoming the ground for an image only when they enter it. Understanding image this way follows an other logic, it requires a different psychic organization, it is outside of what we now conceive as culture or cultural, or at least it is not bound by it in its existence as a force. These thinkers, in their considerations of image, reveal the complexity inherent in explicating what happens when one encounters and is encountered by an image, while highlighting its significance.
It is more-than and less-than image. It no longer belongs to the world as we know it, as we have learned it, but images combining energy and ideas, authorizing people to make something, giving direction, and creating new iteratives through the praxical element of authorization. The process is not unidirectional. An image images through a process of inter-animation whereby the potency of its interfacing is subject to the conditions of possibility provided by the particular and unique viewer as well as between viewers, and the material and virtual context expressed by the figuring figure.
The members of the Colectivo Alexis Vive understand themselves as hermanados en-brothered by the image, as well as being marked by its capacity to be sin fronteras frontierless interview transcripts.
The recovered swimming pool, for example, was officially out of their sphere of influence but they battled with municipal authorities. Though they call themselves the vanguardia and see their task as consciousness-raising, it is not in the sense of a messianic role of becoming leaders who have a patent on a better way to do things and would thus impose it on society. On the contrary, they seek to have an impact on society by acting in the image of Che Guevara and leaving it up to individuals to decide what he or she will take from the living examples they offer.
Often semiotics is applied within sociological and anthropological paradigms with an ontological tendency toward reductionism. Knowledge is more than mere information: As an instrument to further understanding of our multi-dimensional being in the world, semiotics needs to be correspondingly multi-dimensional. Reductionism as a partial vision of a phenomenon stimulates dogmatism. Semiotics has the potential to provide transdisciplinary inclusivity and dialog, but it must be applied so that the multi- dimensionality of a phenomenon is kept in view, as well as its limits.
I approach representation as something that does more than stand for other things. I understand repre- sentation in this case, as inseparable from acting and being, it is kinetic, and mimetic. Beginning this way allows me to show where I am situated in semiotics, and subsequently reveals what I am doing differently with regards to relationality, performativity, and openness.
The history of a broken frame Semiotics today operates from post-structural frameworks and can be seen as an open and transitive structurating rather than structural approach. Notably, many of the key structuralist figures also became important post-structuralists, the most obvious example being Roland Barthes. He realized that as long as semiotics was oriented toward structure, there would be no room for movement, performativity, or play, and one stable Truth would calcify at the center. Even the rupture, observes Derrida, is structural: An opening still needs a frame to be seen as an opening.
It is not about commu- nication in the Lockean sense of understanding something by bringing it to the Same, or the consensus model, rather it is an interruption. It is an event, and thus calls for comment but does not necessarily condescend to become whatever someone wants to make of it. Crucially, semiotics recognizes there are many other viewers besides those whose observations can be discovered: Bal and Bryson , , original emphasis The numberless trajectories of seeing made possible in the visual text does not mean that reception is abandoned as a goal, rather the claim is shifted to one of asking: If we understand reception in the manner being described by Bal and Bryson we must acknowledge viewers are being constructed by the object viewed at the very moment their viewing is also constructing the object.
Thus, reception is always simultaneously production [and a kind of immersion]. Here, C. But the process is continuous; it can be followed, so it is like a metamorphosis rather than a metaphor. Jakobson would later elaborate a fourth essential kind of sign to assist the study of the role of symbols.
Though he did not publish his work in this area, we are aware of this devel- opment through Donald Preziosi who mentions his conversations with Jakobson and how they debated this fourth term. This fourth, the artifice, will be central to my development of a theoretical frame. Adequation as a relational term hints at movement back and forth from what is being fit to, and expression of truth in words or things is always this kind of adaequatio or approximation, a tending toward, an as-if.
Preziosi , writes: An iconic sign relationship all these terms refer to relationships between things, not kinds of things is primarily one of factual or literal similarity; an artifice i al sign is one of imputed similarity, of adequation rather than equality … I have been drawn to this notion of artifice in no small measure because it allows us to deal with the extraordinary complexities—the fluid and open- ended relativities—of visual meaning in a clear yet nonreductive manner.
Has anyone seen the field? Perhaps we can begin from a premise of understanding semiotics as simply the study of signs, but what signs might be defined as is also widely debated. For example, Susan Petrilli and Augusto Ponzio begin their book, Semiotics Unbounded by considering what the boundaries of semiotics might be, and they decide that these bounds depend on the object of study: Parmentier In a semiotic sense, signs take the form of words, images, sounds, gestures and objects.
They study how meanings are made. By making more explicit the codes by which signs are interpreted we may perform the valuable semiotic function of denaturalizing signs. Deconstructing and contesting the realities of signs can reveal which meanings are privileged and which are suppressed. To decline such a study is to leave to others control of the world of meanings that we inhabit.
Sonesson , 30 concludes: It is worth taking a closer look. I hear an Eco Eco , 1 prefaces Semiotics and the Philosophy of Language by declaring his main purpose is to show that: The concept of sign must be disen- tangled from its trivial identification with the idea of coded equivalence and identity; the semiosic process of interpretation is present at the very core of the concept of sign.
He thus directs our focus toward interpretive processes and away from reductive notions of messages to be decoded. Throughout this work, Eco reviews semiotic theoretical problems by examining the concepts: Eco stresses the need to recover earlier notions of the sign as dynamic semiosis action involving tri-relative cooperation of repre- sentamen, object, and interpretant and not a code to be deciphered with its built-in assumption of fixed correlations.
Overall, a useful conceptualization with which Eco provides us is the careful differentiation he makes between general or theoretical semiotics and specific or applied semiotics. What he terms general semiotics deals primarily with the philosophical questions, while the specific variants of semiotics are divided by technique or method of application, and how they deploy terminology in order to study their respective objects whether they be narratives, textual discourse, objects, artifacts, behaviors, and so on.
It has to posit its own theoretical object … and the researcher must be aware of the underlying philosophical assumptions that influence its choice and its criteria for relevance. Eco describes the contributions of specific semiotics as direct impacts on society giving the example of how a study on the internal logic of road signals can help munici- palities in improving the practices of marking roads.
However, his central thrust is to differentiate the task and nature of general semiotics from the specific. Eco, , 7 These broad questions parallel the ones I have often asked myself regarding the famous Korda image of Che. What this philosophy provides is explanatory power for what might otherwise be disconnected data.
In other words, it provides coherence, one that may not be sustainable outside the framework of the philosophical assumptions but nevertheless provides a way for considering things as a whole. Eco sets up the debate in a way that allows him to move us toward recog- nizing that the essential matrix is between presence and absence, referring to Derrida but also Leibniz. Essentially, a sign must stand for something outside itself: The understanding of a sign is always already contextually bound as was recognized by semiotic theorists breaking from structuralism.
This explains why the image of Che can in some cases be a symbol, and in others an icon or simply an index as the first original photograph was to its photographer. Signs may also shift over time. But we are not looking at a closed system since a sign, finally, does not denote its own meaning.
The metaphor of the encyclopedia illuminates and allows us to approach what Eco is theorizing. Eco, with others such as Peirce and Bakhtin, agree it is not the sign itself that functions as a container of meaning, rather meaning exists in the relations among signs. What is the significance of these ideas with respect to the visual? Luckily, he does not avoid the ambiguities and inextricable overlaps between these categories.
Consequently, Eco writes: Artifice is in a sense designed to be pierced, it is the only self-conscious sign type and the only sign type whose intention is to represent something other or something more than what it seems to. Like disguise, once it is seen-through it ceases to disguise it ceases to act in that way. Yet, we can still derive pleasure and an aesthetic knowing from seeing and seeing through the disguise.
It is artful and beautiful. I contend that the aesthetic is part of the meaning content of a sign but that not any sign-type will do. There is structure and yet it is open, I propose that the format of the four sign types is similar in many ways. The fourth position, which Greimas regarded as explosive, is occupied by artifice, which is a modality that splinters like a fractal into multi- tudinous possibilities. Thus though related to a structure, it is fluid.
Such a relation allows us to see the structure as something artificial that allows us to look at form through abstraction but does not generalize, or reduce it. In this sense the artifice is an invitation to imagine otherwise. What is the final fit that cannot quite be represented? The notion of artifice requires a necessarily participatory relation. It is a pedagogical relation at the core not only of ostentation or adequation but of presentation and a pointing to something that one can only co-construct.
It is a double motion because in a way the artifice is telling us that it is pointing to something and not pointing to it at the same time, but being, inhabiting or embodying, it in some way that can only emerge when we catch on. Additionally, artifice tends to point at its own constructedness. Because only this sign type emphasizes and exemplifies human skill in doing something, as such it stretches into the realms of finesse or cleverness, as well as intention, something that none of the other sign types incorporate.
But this is also what makes it delightful and effective, we are always negotiating artificial signs in our daily lives, and we are more skilled at it than we imagine ourselves to be.
Preziosi delineates the difference between the icon and the artifice: I would further explain by differentiating from the relationship that a symbol has as a sign. As Preziosi noted: A metaphorical relation means one object is understood in terms of another, but is more complex than the merely substitutional. At the close of both Peter Allingham and M. Sidnell published works addressing artifice.
Both are worth looking at. Allingham , adds: These space types catalyse experiential selection and creative interactive behavior through, e. But I would reverse the statement: The metonymic is perhaps one technique in an entire constel- lation of possibilities within the creation process of artifice. I am hesitant to give it a leading role. Retrieved Roberts, Martin, ed. Guevara, Also Known as Che. New York: Martin's Griffin. Stone , New Statesman , October 20, Retrieved November 4, Retrieved 23 May A Graphic Biography.
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He had another experience: Wandering through the streets of Venice, I am annoyed. The Biennale is on and the artists have taken over the city. I am lost somewhere in the back alleys, try- ing to find my way back to something recognizable. The walls around me are high, old, growing moss, and periodically reveal- ing a residence behind them. I see ahead of me a poster pasted on the alley wall, and, by sheer dint of there being nothing else to look at, my eyes are drawn to it.
As I approach, I make out a recognizable face, a black-and-white photo, with text above and below. No, something is definitely off. It is not the face I know, but an imitation of it. An identical imitation, if there can be any such thing. I am angered by the artist, by her nerve. The replacing of the original facial features with those of the artist angers Ed; he is jolted and disappointed. Although he assesses and processes information from the poster, the studium, he still experiences something powerful from the present absence of the face he expected it is there evoked in him by its deferral by an imitation, but it is not concretely there.
Although the original face is not concretely there, it is still virtu- ally acting. Paradoxically, acting becomes other than being. It is a kind of invasion of a territory, an assumption of a shared space, provoking indignation in those who might feel that place is not to be shared.
Photo credit: M. Cambre Grossberg , Thus, they are free to be mobile and intersubjective and open any passages and conduits matching the rhythm of expression. Consequently, to be able to respond appropriately to affective phenomena, we require philo- sophically deterritorialized ways of thinking, with all their complexity and ambiguity. Fittingly, this particular image authorizes a link to a similar rhythm when given the possibility of expression.
This is the link Marcel talks about whereby we are always already involved in every act of hope. The force of the convergence creating this experiential anchor or ter- ritory of hope can be life-altering, as this next account vividly depicts.
My first encounter with Che took place in the aftermath of a bloody student confrontation with the police at the University of Nairobi. Some protest leaders had used some Che portraits in the protest and this had greatly incensed the government. One of my friends on campus had smuggled a Che portrait into his room, and he was so proud showing it to us behind closed doors: a huge risk.
Having a portrait of Che would be considered sufficient association to warrant a visit to the dun- geons. I remember vaguely admiring the man, Che. How could a portrait be so powerful, how could it make a government run scared? But I guess I feared Che more than I admired him. Knowing him could mean the end of my university education, and possible detention. The fear pervading the country, then, was that bad.
I think Che was part of the oppression. Che was a household name, in the list of banned personalities. Through the alchemy of the image, a bedroom becomes a lair of resistance. An image that permits and incites police brutality against students transfigures a place of learning into a place of punishment, encouragement into reprimand. Those accepting the likely possibility of detention, torture, and an end to their lives as they know them understand the risk; perhaps the hope they hold out is seen as something greater than their own individual lives.
Or they may be engaging the fearful aspects of resistance that are usu- ally left unsaid—that death is as likely an outcome as victory.
We animate the image, and in turn it animates us, renewing our vision as we look. The Historical Image of Che To understand how this image is always becoming an anchor for diverse people globally, it is important to reflect on its sheer status and popularity, as well as some of the reactions evoked by it.
It is almost always the same face gazing, unsatisfied, from flags, banners, murals, posters, and T-shirts. It is devoid of background; a clear, cloudless sky behind the figure is virtually blank: nothing special about this empty space.
Somehow it became the most repro- duced photograph in the world. Is it simply a matter of the subject, the man himself? Yet he appears in countless other photos unremarked. What is so special about the moment of looking at this image, and being seen by it? The rough, roguish, unkempt hair and beard, a Robin Hood—esque tilted cap, eyes gazing up and into the distance, suggestive, and simultane- ously expressive. Some say it is famous because of the timing of its publication: it appeared just as he himself dis- appeared—a mysterious kind of aura clings to it.
Perhaps this image, this face, is not just there, but is actively showing itself, calling the viewer to con- front it, to respond, to see otherwise. And viewers do respond: The star. His hair, so long, experienced and gone through many struggles and life-threatening events, just like his soul, his body, his life.
His eyes, sees everything, happiness, sadness around the world and tries to change it in some form of way. His nose smelt [sic] all different kinds of dirt, the smell of death, the smell of victory, the smell of change. His voice, persuaded many people, changed many lives with the interaction and his presence.
The voice of many people. Makes me tingle, feel fierce, and it makes me feel powerful. Natasha John and Natasha have textured, affective experiences of this image.
Many peo- ple feel the reverberations and respond to this portrait of Che Guevara. It repeatedly emerges in the midst of social protests and demonstrations and gazes out from placards and banners. The visual outcome is, in effect, a face for the faceless.
The phenomenon does not pass unobserved, and poets, songwriters, and novelists attempt to capture it. Per- versely, the more he is insulted, manipulated, betrayed, the more he keeps being born through the image—a movement remarkably like that of hope itself.
Rebirth and hope are intimately linked. So the structure is open in the sense that it will be breached at its centre—and in the eyes of the beholder it is ignescent, capable of bursting into flame. Raw documentary feel transmits in black and white, but also in the seriousness and unposed quality of the figure. Che, the historical personage, is the studium. Is that it? Although the Bolivian miner has only a small sticker on his helmet, the original is invoked, and the image is no less effec- tive as an amulet, a much-hoped-for protection in the lethal context of the Bolivian mine.
Berger believes the transcendent qualities manifested through, but not necessarily on, the human face are the key to the mystery of the Other, both in art and in daily encounters. He recognizes first, that time can be interrupted by raw emotion, and second, that this ruptured moment can create a place in and through a photograph.
Digital photography and reproduction, far from doing away with this imprint of the subject, has actually absorbed it.
The affec- tive force, the feeling of witnessing, and that someone was there is still evoked; even with all the savvy photo-editing techniques available, there is still a possibility of a Barthesian punctum. Berger aptly describes our media environment surrounding us as one where the volume of images, as in quantity and also as in noise, is unprece- dented.
He explains: When a person dies they leave behind, for those who knew them, an empti- ness, a space: the space has contours and is different for each person mourned. A likeness is some- thing left behind invisibly. He drew her face many times in her presence but was unsat- isfied because he could not capture the aspect he sought. The likeness cannot materialize without the artist,and the emotions the memory of the Other serve to trigger in the artist ,who then seeks to transmit them, to become a medium for this contour, or space, noticed but not understood.
For Berger, the eyes of the viewer are essential, but the eyes cannot be looking in an indiffer- ent way.
A horizon the idea of the horizon in me? A likeness can be effaced. Are you sure? For Berger, this time-transcendent element can be transmitted, but not tamed, in images of the Other. And for Barthes, the photograph itself is invisible yet provides a vehicle for the image, just as the physical face provides a mobile map, fea- tures, and contours, for emotional expression.
Faces are profoundly communicative, and we need no lessons in how to decipher the myriad expressions that can manifest themselves on such a mobile surface. This is a new space. Yet the dependency on inter-animation with the viewer also can facilitate com- modification of the image, and consequently indifference. This possibility is exploited by popular culture continuously.
Since the expression of intense emotion can invoke a facial response—for example, we may grimace or frown when we see someone experiencing a tragic moment, or we may smile when we see someone having a particularly joyful moment—we have the capacity to mir- ror what we see.
This photo can other us because the expression recreates and dislocates. This pho- tograph authorizes, for individuals who are inclined to the experience, the gift of the Benjaminian jar to reassemble for themselves, to renew the jar, so that it is the same as before, flawed but better.
Thus the image, as jar, becomes an intersubjective place. Witnessing the image sanctions relocation: we can thus reassemble a more precious place in and through it, though imperfect, because as relationship it now includes the viewer.
Those who see hope in the image are perceiving the light that makes a window happen. I am also indebted to Dr.