Between word and image : Walter Benjamin's images as a species of space
Jevtić, Iva (Author)

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This presentation examines one of the key concepts of Walter Benjamin's work, the dialectical image. Benjamin's use of image has been subject to a wide spectrum of interpretations, ranging from purely metaphorical understanding tocomparisons with the more radical contemporary visual practices of the avant-garde, such as, for instance, montage, but also to readings of the dialectical image in the sense of Wittgenstein's conception of the image, i.e.as a mental model of reality. The aim of this presentation is to try and reconcile these various approaches. The potentially visual structure of the dialectical image will be examined in relation to the work of Paul Klee, whosesketch Angelus Novus was the basis for Benjamin's Angel of History . Whereas Klee used linguistic elements in his paintings to create, as Foucault notes, new space , Benjamin seems to have gone the other way round: his specific use of image proves to be very close to the structure of the chiasmus, a linguistic figure which is experienced verbally in time but at thesame produces spatial, visual pattern. The dialectical image proves to function both as word and image, both as microstructure (figure of writing) and macrostructure (model of reality).

Keywords:teorija podobe, hiazma, Benjamin, Walter, Klee, Paul, theory of image, chiasmus
Work type:Not categorized (r6)
Tipology:1.08 - Published Scientific Conference Contribution
Organization:FF - Faculty of Arts
Number of pages:9 str.
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