Ken Wentworth


about representation

Posted on April 15, 2007 at 7:01 AM

'But suppose we thought about representation, not in terms of a particular kind of object (like a statue or a painting) but as a kind of activity, process, or set of relationships. Suppose we de-reified the thing that seems to stand before us, standing for something else, and thought of representation, not as that thing, but as a process in which the thing is participant, like a pawn on a chessboard or a coin in a system of exchange. This would bring us back to the notion of representation as something roughly commensurate with the totality of cultural activity, including that aspect of political culture which is structured around transfer, displacement, or alienation of power. culture understood as an economy, a system of exchanges and transfers of value'


Mitchell, W. J.T, Picture Theory: Essays on Verbal and Visual Representation. (1994, University of Chicago Press)



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