London

Jürgen Albrecht

Laure Genillard

The voyeuristic act so pervades contemporary artistic culture that it is virtually invisible. Mobilizing voyeurism as a heuristic device for the understanding of observation—using this perversion as a platform from which to build a sustained meditation on the nature of what has been termed subjective vision—would seem to demand a condition whereby the very act of observation is conceived of self-reflexively. The observer would have to be placed in a position such that the system of conventions that circumscribe and limit his viewing experience are revealed. The act of looking, in other words, would have to be so perverted as to spontaneously generate itself as metalanguage. The paradigmatic case of the voyeuristic act is, of course, proscribed by the erotic subject, and the pleasure sustained through observing the erotic act, as opposed to participating in it, is undeniably heightened, as

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