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Hannah B Higgins

Hannah B Higgins is a Professor in the School of Art and Art History at UIC. She is the author of Fluxus Experience (2002) and The Grid Book (2009) and The People’s Flag (2022).

Oh, Say Can you Sing?

Friedrich Nietzsche wrote about idols as something to sound: We imagine the hollow, golden calf that horrified Moses as full of air, a mere bloviator on behalf of the Canaanite fertility god, Baal. But Nietzsche pushes the reader to go further, to listen to the idol’s “famous hollow sound” as someone with “ears behind his ears,” which invitation theorizes sound about sound. WJT Mitchell theorizes metapictures along similar lines; they consist of “a picture in which the image of another picture appears” and which “may function as a foundational metaphor or analogy for an entire discourse.”

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The Brooklyn Rail

JUL-AUG 2022

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