Friday, 08 August 2014 10:39

Paper Published on Antae Journal

I have recently had the honour of publishing an academic paper on the Antae Journal. Below is the abstract and a link to the page on Academia.edu where you can find the paper.

 

Portraiture - Finding the Valid Fragment

The paper deals with the concepts of fragmentation and reconstruction in the field of portraiture. Taking a portrait as a large fragment of information, we look into ways in which it can be optimised and reduced such that it remains valid but becomes more efficient. The paper commences by exploring the concept of the fragment from various facets, including historically, especially from the modernist point of view, and goes forth to investigate various techniques from practices both adjunct and outside of the field of art in order to inform the portraiture process itself on how information can be collected, optimised and presented to the viewer.

Publication Date: Jun 2014

Publication Name: Antae Journal

Research Interests:
Creative Writing, Critical Theory, Visual Studies, Photographs, Portraits, Art History, Self and Identity, Art, Romanticism, Photography, Literature, Digital Photography, Contemporary Art, Modern Art, Visual perception, Art and Science, Photography Theory, Portraiture, History of Art, Modernism (Art History), Philosophy of Photography, Modernism, History of photography, Fine Art Photography, NLP, Visual Arts, Photography (Visual Studies), Fine Arts, Identity, Memory, Visual Art, Post-modernism, Fine Art, Criminal profiling, and Fragmentation
 

 

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Seeing Jazz

By Dr. Vince Briffa, Artist and Researcher

 

Fringe #6256Like his music, a fine photograph of a musician reflects his soul. I’m very interested in photography and in how the camera can capture personality…

Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993)

 

The jazz photographs of Sergio Muscat aim to capture the entire physicality of a musician’s performance in one telling story. For Sergio, seeing the music (performance) is as important as hearing it. But unlike Wassily Kandinsky’s abstracted paintings of musical improvisation or Piet Mondrian’s rhythmic depictions of the sound of jazz, Sergio is not after representing the music genre through his preferred artistic medium. He is more interested in the artist’s performance as an activity that develops over time. Capturing the real soul of the jazz musician requires Sergio to become synchronous with the performer’s own movements. Snapping the picture is therefore a refined exercise in clockwork body movement and camera control.

 Fring #6242.6158This performance by the photographer is also the technique used in Muscat’s recent Soul Searching series; a body of work which also incorporates the gambled gestures of the camera in movement as a means to capture the artist’s personal memories of a place. Sergio’s recent interest in such temporal afterimages has its roots in an internal search for the very soul of the viewer-viewed relationship, a pursuit for the absolute human experience befalling the photographer and the photographed.

One therefore needs to view this body of work not as a document of the many prominent jazz musicians that have graced our shores over the many years that the Malta Jazz Festival has been organised, but rather as a collection of fragments of outstanding performances executed by a duo of artists – the jazz musician and the photographer. Like a duet, these works require the input of both performers equally and, if one were fortunate enough to have been present during one of those incredible starry nights at Ta’ Liesse, one can truly relive the magic of the moment through each one of these works.

 

See the whole collection here.

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