Looking and Seeing: LANG/MAGRITTE

Open your eyes,

turn your head,

direct your gaze and attention toward something.

You are looking, which is not the same as seeing.

SCARLET STREET1

SCARLET STREET2

Between looking and seeing there’s a gulf that sucks up likeness, actuality, will.

Seeing is conjugated as a personal verb. Deceptively. Because seeing parts company with subject, and with object ­– instituting only the image.

la-clairvoyance

 

* Pictures 1 & 2: Scarlet Street, Fritz Lang, 1945 (all paintings in the film are by John Decker).

* Picture 3: Clairvoyance, René Magritte, 1936.

 

© Cristina Álvarez López, April 2019

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