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Chest 168; This

23 Jan
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Chest 168; This

This picture contains three elements.

The first, the X-ray image, comes from the museum of a cardiac hospital showing a man with acute haemorrhage into the tissues of his lungs after a massive heart attack. Infiltration of blood into the tissues and air spaces obscures the structure of the lungs on the X-ray.

An image of a dusty Australian roadside in the late afternoon, in which the dust thrown up by a passing heavy goods road-train partially obscures the trees and landscape, overlies the X-ray.

The third is a fragmentary document, a faded, cracked, and broken warning sign in which only the word ‘this’  was legible, and it stands out clearly, the remainder of the message is obscured by time.

‘This’ denotes whatever is being referred to at the moment when the word is used. ‘This’ denotes the object of attention. Every time the word ‘this’ is used it denotes a different object, and the only constant in its use is the relationship between user and object.  In this image, ‘this’ is both object and self-referential; ‘this’ refers to ‘this’. This relationship is obscure.

 

 

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