image hAs the laSt word
The image .... always has the last word.
But I never looked like that! - How do you know? What is the ‘you’ you might or might not look like? Where do you find it - by which morphological or expressive calibration? Where is your authentic body? You are the only one who can never see yourself except as an image; you never see your eyes unless they are dulled by the gaze they rest upon the mirror or the lens (I am interested in seeing my eyes only when they look at you): even and especially for your own body, you are condemned to the repertoire of its images.
text : Roland Barthes, Barthes by Barthes, 1977.
image+video : Sigalit Landau, DeadSee, 2005.