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ABC Book and Photography Album as Visuality Training Manuals

Author(s): Lina Vidauskytė
Subject(s): Photography, Epistemology, Psychoanalysis
Published by: Visuomeninė organizacija »LOGOS«
Keywords: ABC book; psychoanalysis; repetition; image; allegory; photography; training manual;

Summary/Abstract: On the basis of insights of W. Benjamin, R. Barthes, and B. Stiegler, the paper analyzes a Baroque primer (Comenius’s Orbis pictus) and photo albums, as a kind of visual “textbook”. ABC interlaced images and printed words, while in the photography we find a different kind of “information” – it is purely visual. There appears a pedagogical, didactic theme. This theme is closely linked to Freud’s psychoanalytic theory, which was revised and added to by Benjamin. Using an educational reference tool popular to this day, readers of the primer and observers of the album have a repetition of traumatic experiences. However, differences exist between the traumatic contexts. The Baroque primer reader is a child who is going through the experience of a multilingual, word and object mismatch. In case of photography album the viewer has the intimidating experience of the dead returning.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 77
  • Page Range: 18-28
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Lithuanian