An Intrinsic Ontology Separated from the Uncertain, Fragmented and Generated by the Multiplicity of Images


Abstract


The transition to electronically generated and algorithmically calculated images shows that non-visual aspects of the image are at least as important to the creation of meaning as visual quality. It would be a mistake to treat such an image as an abstraction, a representation of external reality, or as a painting with light, because there are always multiple roles to place the image in various contexts, combinations, and situations. This article proposes that the images in the network have not done anything other than showing us the pictures. Therefore, it is doubtful whether the words of visual aesthetics and appearance are suitable for solving this new image condition. As the historically indispensable representative system for photography has become increasingly inadequate in understanding representative images, a new set of conceptual tools is needed. What is needed is a different ontology of the image, not one of transcendental truth, dialectics, light, vision, and identity, but an intrinsic ontology that can be separated from the uncertain, fragmented and generated by the multiplicity of images.

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