Det sublime objekt
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Svarre Hansen, Rasmus 1, Forfatter
Rösing, Lilian Munk2, Vejleder
1Det Humanistiske Fakultet, Københavns Universitet, København, Danmark, diskurs:7035              
2Institut for Kunst- og Kulturvidenskab, Det Humanistiske Fakultet, Københavns Universitet, København, Danmark, diskurs:7038              
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 Abstract: This thesis sets out to answer the following questions: Can an illustrator make drawings or paintings on the basis of a lacanian psychoanalytical approach? Is the job of an illustrator simply to redo the examples given in a manuscript? And is it possible to work both as an illustrator and a fine artist during an aesthetic assignment? These questions revolve around the legitimacy of the image and its relationship to (or dependency upon) language when trying to express something meaningful.
The thesis is an analysis of the 10 oil paintings I did as illustrations for the book Epi-demos written by the Danish philosopher, Anders Fogh Jensen. Epi-demos is an inquiry into the problematic of the procedures structuring or governing epidemics inspired by the French Philosopher, Michel Foucault.
My approach was to do illustrations that worked as metaphors or allegories, meaning that the paintings introduced something new and unique, a layer of meaning that wasn’t already in the text. This was done in order to fuse the role of the illustrator with the role of the fine artist. It was carried out primarily by introducing the lacanian notion of ‘the real’ (the unbearable or the impossible) to the aesthetic work, specifically the notion of how the real can shine through a sublime object.
The paintings for the Book Epi-demos were mostly executed through the painting technique ‘chiaroscuro’, a technique that conjures up a harsh contrast between light and shadows. I argue that the lacanian real or sublime object manifested itself through this chiaroscuro-light, and that the real were to be understood as the unbearable and traumatic associated with deadly epidemics.
All of the paintings were embedded in the lacanian theory of the real, and therefore the main question of the thesis is answered in the affirmative. Furthermore the working process, both the process of painting and the process of analysis, traces the contours of an updated lacanian theory of visuality.
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Alternativ titel: om at illustrere bøger på et lacaniansk grundlag
Alternativ titel: The sublime object
Alternativ titel: or how to do lacanian illustrations
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Sprog: Danish - dan
 Datoer: 2010
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 Publiceringsinfo: København : Københavns Universitet
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