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Jean-Luc Nancy

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780823279944

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823279944.001.0001

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(p.56) Visageity

Jean-Luc Nancy

, Sarah Clift, Simon Sparks
Fordham University Press

If it is not always, or even primarily, a matter of the portrait in the sense in which we distinguish it from other kinds of representation—landscapes, scenes, objects, non-mimetic forms—it could well be that the portrait involves an element, a valence, or an urge that takes place in every type of visual proposition: the visibility of visuality and through it, a “visageity” that one could also discern in a landscape or a still-life. To content ourselves with just one formulation of this important and already well-worked theme, we will cite Jean-Louis Schefer: “The experience of seeing poses the question of sense in a complex way, primarily in that the ‘thing’ seen or contemplated is only visible by a kind of activity that is going on within it.”...

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