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Micha Payer
Re-Enacting Tableaus – An Encyclopaedia about the aesthetic function of images handling complexity

In my research project I want to examine Encyclopaedias and Tableaus as historical precursors for the structure of knowledge in contemporary scientific visual aids of all disciplines as well as in displays – summarized in images handling complexity in the Age of “Google“ and “Wikipedia“. In form of an Artbook, structured as Encyclopaedia with alphabetically ordered texts, I want to collect keywords related to the term Tableau as synopsis of knowledge and as “the totality of what is representable“ (Foucault). Through exploring formal-aesthetic characteristics of Tableaus and their descendants I want to create „meta-pictures“ as equivalent and balanced juxtapositions to texts as treatises, that circle the philosophical conceptions of difference and repetition, singularity and universality.

Supervisor: Paul Petritsch


Drawings as Tableaus from the Series “In Defense of the Accidental”: (pill, branches, bacteria, resistors, unconnected determinations, elites, drones) 2017-2019 ink, graphit powder, pencil and crayon on paper each 29,7 x 21 cm