Nancy on body and text

Would you say that the body is the image, whereas the text is the soul?

Certainly not, if you are suggesting that the image is on one side and the text on the other – which is what happens in what is normally called ‘illustration’. This is an impoverished dualism, like every dualism. But, in truth, every image and every text is potentially, and respectively, text and image for itself. This potential is actualized in the gaze or in reading. I read a text and here is an image, or indeed, here is yet more text! In looking at the image, I always textualise it in some way, and in reading text, I imagine it. These actualizations are innumerable: no text has its proper image, no image its proper text.


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