Anneke Pettican- Spencer lecture 1- 23.01.15

January 23, 2015 § Leave a comment

In this lecture Spencer was ill and so one of our other tutors named Anneke Pettican took over his first lecture and talked to us a little about her practise and quotes tat she finds especially useful and that relate to her professional practice.

We found out that she is very interested in the uncanny….

“It is not so much the darkness itself but the process of bring light that is uncanny. The uncanny is what comes out of the darkness.”

  • Nicholas Royle, the uncanny

‘To make the invisible visible is uncanny’

  • Paul de man, the resistance to theory

She is also interested in the idea of liminal space…

Liminal space is something that is public and something that is private- and example is ‘glimpses into other worlds’ like through someone’s window at night.

She is interested in time…

The can only process a certain amount of frames a second. (How many frames can the eye see?) As an animator especially they work a lot with time, (myself included sometimes)

 She is interested in the idea of doubling….

“Doubling offer another disturbing yet familiar set of personae in ways of telling the self; permutations of inner and outer selves catalyse uncanny plots about identity”

  • Marina Warner, fantastic metamorphoses, other worlds

Doubling- multiple roles/personalities

  • Who we become through different roles and with/around different people

Thus the miniscule, a narrow gate, opens up an entire world

-A magnifying glass ‘gives a fresh eye before a new object

She is also interested in technologies…

(Thomas Nagel- ‘a view from nowhere)

-… A photograph is not ‘an interpretation’ of the real; it is also a trace directly stencilled of the real, like a footprint or a death mask

-… A photograph is never less than the registration of an emanation- a material vestige of its subject in a way that no painting can be

– (Pp154) Susan Sontag, on photography

After looking through her work and talking about her practice she then tld us to think about the ‘real’

She asked us to take a picture of the person next to us and to then decide which was more real the photograph or the person, she then asked us to draw the person without saying which she wanted us to draw, the picture or the real person and let us decide for ourselves who was more real and also write a short paragraph explaining our reasoning.


This is the picture that I drew, which i think turned out well enough but I am terribly bad at faces especially at that scale, I did not give myself enough scale for the drawing.

I believe that a photograph can show moments where we are unguarded and capture things that normally we try to hide or pretend aren’t there. However it is also still life- it shows a moment frozen in time, captured but forever the same. It can also be staged, where people in particular pose and so that they have a power in making the camera and the viewer see what they want them to see. Without spending time with someone, no matter how many photographs you have you will never know the ‘real’, it will forever be a mystery because photographs only show one Fawcett of a person and never the whole picture. You will never know the whole story- so how could a photo ever be the real. It can sometimes be more real but never the ‘real’.


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