The Future of the Image: Ranciere's Road Not Taken.

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      This essay was originally written for a dialogue with Jacques Ranciere at Columbia University in April 2008. The aim was to compare and contrast our positions on the question of 'the future of the image'. The paper turned out to be something more than that, an exploration of what I would call 'Ranciere's road not taken', in the form of a survey of the image of the animal as an omen of futurity from the Caves of Lascaux to the digital cloned dinosaurs of Jurassic Park. The essay reflects on certain themes - the problem of word/image relations, the 'distribution of the sensible' and the semiotic, the issue of a 'life of images', and the politics of aesthetics - that are common to our projects. It concludes with discussion of recent art works that reflect on the politics of aesthetics, including the dramatic ascendancy of Barack Obama as an icon of possible futures. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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