Witte de With Contemporary Art
Program—Image
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WdW Review—Image

Frank van der Salm, Reservoir, 2005

Billy Holiday once made a simple, yet prescient observation; when she was coming off drugs, she didn’t like to watch Television. Although this could be seen as a passing comment, such an association ties imagery to narcotics as twinned devices that can both stimulate and anesthetize.

Billy Holiday once made a simple, yet prescient observation; when she was coming off drugs, she didn’t like to watch Television. Although this could be seen as a passing comment, such an association ties imagery to narcotics as twinned devices that can both stimulate and anesthetize. Building off such a conflicted prescription, this section tasks various writers to dig deep into the means and ways that mediated visions turn scenes into situations that promote a shared consciousness. To provoke this discourse between the use, effect, and sideeffects of images and narratives, artists, writers, and scholars here ‘peep’ at a single image so as to find hidden fames in the ubiquitous signs and symbols which surround and constitute our daily lives.

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