The Image-Instant. The Plastic Image

Metamorphoses of the Origin

“L’image-métamorphose. Instant et plasticité” Rue Descartes, Collège International de Philosophie, 64: 2009.



The instant of metamorphosis signifies a radical change of a body. Simultaneously it implies its continuity. Metamorphosis also presupposes the immanent plasticity or transformability of the body. This ambiguity constitutes a challenge both to its philosophical conceptualisations and to its visual representations. The article explores the motif of metamorphosis on a conceptual level as an important aspect of image-making. 

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