Research: Christopher Cook


  • Monochrome: “less limiting setting”
    • contrary to the connotations we give to colour, connotations of endless possibilities, it can prove very untrue
    • colour comes with pre-existing ideas, previous experiences and knowledge, allows us to attach additional meaning to objects, intervenes with our objective experience and produces subjective ones
    • monochrome becomes the solution to overcome this bias, so the viewer is enabled an open experience – the only matters hinted at are form and tone
      • perhaps allowing a different type of reverie
  • Inspired by daguerreotype:
    • “first commercially successful photographic process”
    • “not flexible and is rather heavy”
    • “accurate, detailed and sharp”
    • “mirror-like surface and is very fragile”
  • The act of applying and picking up the material from the support (surface)
    • the repetitive act of applying and erasing information
      • similar to the actions of the brain when collecting and transferring information into a coherent image
      • the action has potentially no end
    • shows that the material is malleable and can be altered as well as tailored easily to form the desired outcome – fulfils a particular purpose
  • faint white marks – DELICATE – top right corner
    • mist/fog-like
    • representing ABSENCE and PRESENCE simultaneously
    • giving a hint at the presence of information/object
  • overlapping – LAYERING of images
    • lost proportion – against the “laws of perception”
      • referring to the power lines on top of what seems a table surface
  • light reflected off of the white lines – makes them sharper
    • the fact that the background is black emphasises their existence well
    • unlike when using a white background – the use of a darker background not only isolates it from the rest of its environment, but also makes the image fuller and gives it, its AUTONOMY – which is what is key to working with representing or visualising the mind in one way or another – because of its isolated and individual nature



  • requires a lot of GESTURE
    • conveying the artists mark – individuality – personhood – his imprint and impact on the world
      • the mark could be used as a good method of visualisation of what is going on inside the mind at the time of experiencing
    • the same could be said in terms of the mind – because this action is reciprocated – the world makes an impact on our perception/how we see


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