Rewriting art history. Scorpion Dagger. A “GIF” case-study

Paola Donatiello
paoladonatiello1@gmail.com

(Ri)scrivere la storia dell’arte
Scorpion Dagger: un caso di studio in formato .gif
VIRAL ART
The New Imageries of GIF Culture
Bologna, 25-11-2016

http://scorpiondagger.tumblr.com/post/98170872578/check-out-the-scorpion-dagger-augmented-reality


Who is Scorpion Dagger
(a.k.a. James Kerr)
http://scorpiondagger.tumblr.com

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“I guess if I had to pick one person, it would have to be Maarten Nieuwenhove, painted by Hans Memling” (James Kerr, interview). Photo: Memling H., Dittico Maarten van Nieuwenhove (part.)

Why do research on Scorpion Dagger?

http://scorpiondagger.tumblr.com/post/148806940598


Scorpion Dagger as a case of self-reflexivity and self-historization

http://scorpiondagger.tumblr.com/post/94373815650


Ethnosemiotics: observing images as a necessary research procedure

http://scorpiondagger.tumblr.com/post/126180471098/extended-version


How does a .GIF work? Paradoxical un(-and-)realistic movement.

http://scorpiondagger.tumblr.com/post/66823685727/hey-all-this-is-the-giphoscope-its-handmade-in


Comparing .GIF to drawing, writing, illustration: mimesis and duration

http://scorpiondagger.tumblr.com/post/150646721658


Comparing .GIF to video: immediacy and data-weight

http://scorpiondagger.tumblr.com/post/132688541278


Comparing .GIF to photography: mimesis, immediacy and duration

http://scorpiondagger.tumblr.com/post/64249351717/i-made-this-for-this


.GIF and loop methaphor:
.GIF as duration of a key moment vs irreversibility of History

http://scorpiondagger.tumblr.com/post/113746993203

«Après plusieurs répétitions, l’auditeur oublie la cause qui a engendré le son et écoute cet “objet sonore” pour lui-même. Ainsi décontextualisé, l’objet est réutilisable dans des situations différentes» (Pierre Schaeffer).


Scorpion Dagger: irony and the art of making art

http://scorpiondagger.tumblr.com/post/105645148963/made-some-new-gifs-for-schirn-mag


Is .GIF just another form of collage?

http://scorpiondagger.tumblr.com/post/105309814468


How does the sense of irony work?

http://scorpiondagger.tumblr.com/post/64339058114


From irony to desecration: re-writing History

http://scorpiondagger.tumblr.com/post/100004839908/check-out-the-kickstarter-for-the-ar-book-were


Irony: re-writing and envisioning

http://scorpiondagger.tumblr.com/post/136976842093


Irony: Historical and everyday life

http://scorpiondagger.tumblr.com/post/93465113498


Irony as conflict between different discoursive spheres

http://scorpiondagger.tumblr.com/post/73875582476


Ironical discourse as the manifestation of a boundary

http://scorpiondagger.tumblr.com/post/98988696573/check-out-the-scorpion-dagger-augmented-reality

 


Ironic Klein, a sample of merging, the construction of a third point of view

http://scorpiondagger.tumblr.com/post/63130636038


The sense of history, a sample

http://scorpiondagger.tumblr.com/post/86942418913/w-sztuczne-fiołki


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“w/” – Urban dictionary definition

 

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Some outlines: Belting, De Certeau, Greimas, Scorpion Dagger

http://scorpiondagger.tumblr.com/post/151476529843


a tactic is a calculated action determined by the absence of a proper locus. […] The space of a tactic is the space of the other […] It operates in isolated actions, blow by blow. It takes advantage of “opportunities” and depends on them, being without any base where it could stockpile its winnings, build up its own position, and plan raids. What it wins it cannot keep.” (De Certeau, The practices of everyday life pp. 35).

http://scorpiondagger.tumblr.com/post/92422495863/w-jess-mac


http://scorpiondagger.tumblr.com/post/145160590918


References

Belting, H.,
1983     Das Ende der Kunstgeschichte?, München, Deutscher Kunstverlag (tr. it.: La fine della storia dell’arte, o la libertà dell’arte, Torino, Einaudi, 1990).
2001     Bild-Anthropologie: Entwürfe für eine Bildwischaft, München, Wilhelm Fink (tr. it., Antropologia delle immagini, Roma, Carocci, 2011).

Clifford, J.,
1988    The Predicament of Culture: Twentieth-Century Ethnography, Literature, and Art, Harvard, Harvard University Press; tr. it.: I frutti puri impazziscono. Etnografia, letteratura e arte nel secolo XX, Torino, Bollati Boringhieri, 2010.

Clifford, J., Marcus, G.E.,
1986    Writing the culture: politics and poetics of ethnography, Berkley-London, University of California Press.

De Certeau, M.,
1980    L’invention du quotidien. I Arts de faire, Paris, Gallimard; tr. it.: L’invenzione del quotidiano, Roma, Edizioni Lavoro, 2010.
1982    L’invention du quotidien. II Habiter, cuisiner, Paris, Gallimard.

Greimas, A.J. & Courtés, J.,
1979     Sémiotique. Dictionnaire raisonné de la théorie du langage, Paris, Hachette.
1986     Sémiotique. Dictionnaire raisonné de la théorie du langage II, Paris, Hachette.

Goodman, N.,
1978     Ways of worldmaking Goodman, Indianapolis-Cambridge, Hackett (tr. it.: Vedere e costruire il mondo, Roma-Bari, Laterza 2008).

Kerr, J.,
2014     Scorpion Dagger James Kerr. Do you like relaxing?, Montreal, Anteism.

Manovich, L.,
2001     The language of new media, Massachussets Istitute of Technology, tr. it., Il linguaggio dei nuovi media, Olivares, Milano, 2002.

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Paola Donatiello
Intervista a James Kerr aka Scorpion Dagger (Doppiozero)
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How to pronounce GIF
http://howtoreallypronouncegif.com/

 

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