Experience and Representation

  • John JervisEmail author


Painting, as the production of image on surface, is never purely visual; and its haptic dimension can give clues to the representational challenge posed by modern experience itself. In the light of this, Benjamin’s theory of colour is presented as a radical relativizing of the Kantian theory of space and time as frameworks, under the impact of modern experience, inviting the representational revolutions of modernism, with colour as the shifting ground on which experience is inscribed and appropriated by ‘rational’ thought. The modern self is also a construct out of this background, with depth as an imaginative elaboration that in turn opens up possibilities of modernist subversion. Finally, allegory—inherent in the modernist perspective on language—emerges as the temporal vehicle for narrative, fragmented through the vagaries of the image.


Experience Representation Benjamin Painting Haptic Self Allegory 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of KentCanterburyUK

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