The Laminated Object

I just finished reading Camera Lucida, which is a task I have not completed since my undergrad. I have got to say, this is a book that has become more interesting over time.

Photo on 2013-04-08 at 12.33 PM


I’m interested in materiality of experimental print texts and the difficulties represented in digitizing them, but I have found that his description of a “laminated object” as an object that carries its “referent with itself” is an interesting way to read books that draw attention to themselves as books. While I would like to argue with Barthes about his presumed transparency of photography, I think Barthes might find new life alongside certain writers interested in Heidegger’s theory of tools, like Graham Harman, Quentin Meillassoux, or even Alain Badiou.

Moar writing!