2014-11-11

Immortalize the Moment

If the sacrificial phenomenon can be basically described as the dissociation of body and spirit, then it could be argued that many seemingly profane and banal contemporary practices would be imbued, even if only in a vague manner, by a sacrificial character. Something of this sort must have been thought by Roland Barthes when he said that photography "emits" a "eidolon", a "Spectrum", which is in fact nothing less than "the return of the dead" (Camera Lucida. Reflections on Photography, 1980). Later on, he explicitly states: "Photography has something to do with resurrection". It would be, therefore, in photography, something which derives from the universal mythic theme of the death and the resurrection. Thus, today everybody can immortalize his most significant moments.

In this sense, modernity should be understood as a fragmentation, a relaxation, a détente of the mythical -- we would go as far as to say the sacrificial -- rather than its overcoming. 

Image after Andrea Mantegna's The Crucifixion (1457-59) [pd] and Benvenuto Tisi's (Il Garofalo) The Ascension (c. 1510-20) [pd].