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Paris is invisible

Bruno Latour: Invisible CityThe desire for a totalizing view of our world is omnipresent, and reflected in the evolution of diagrams, biological imaging, and databases. But, according to philosopher, anthropologist and curator Bruno Latour's Paris: Invisible City, such attempts at complete cartographic indexes on the contrary might hinder vision. Paris, for Latour, is not visualized by static, isolated images, but rather by the traces of the transitory and interdependent. The city is tracked through the social and technical networks that give meaning to spaces, like the tourist map that depends on an infrastructure of manufactured and maintained architectural signage.

The web-based work Invisible City combines ethnographic observations, theoretical discussion and photographs in the form of a 'sociological web opera' with fifty-three 'plans'. The experience of moving between the web-opera's plans resembles that of moving through a physical city. Since there is no point of view making all of Paris visible, the solution is to move; 'and then, suddenly, Paris gradually becomes visible'.

Bruno Latour: IconoclashInvisible City raises questions also focused in the exhibition Iconoclash- Beyond the Image-Wars in Science, Religion and Art, which Latour co-curated in 2002. Iconoclash confronts three types of clashes about the importance, sanctity and power of representations: in science, in art and in religion. 'Icono-clash' [not clasm], is when there is a deep and disturbing uncertainty about the role, power, status, danger, violence of an image or a given representation; when one does not know whether an image should be broken or restored; when one no longer knows if the image-breaker is a courageous innovator or a vandal, if the image-worshipper is a pious bigot or a respectable devout, or if the image-maker is a devious faker or a clever fact-maker and truth-seeker.

'The visible is never in an isolated image or in something outside of images, but in the montage of images, a transform of images, a traverse through different views, a progression, a formatting, a networking.' - Bruno Latour -



Latour| PARIS: Invisible City, A sociological web opera | ~ | Bruno Latour's Web Site | ~ | Iconocalsh. Beyond the Image-Wars in Science, Religion and Art | ~ | Iconoclash presentation |


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