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Marcus Bunyan black and white archive: Immersion, 1994

 

“What A. feels he is doing, however, as he writes the pages of his own book, is something that does not belong to either one of these two types of memory. A. has both a good memory and a bad memory. He has lost much, but he has also retained much. As he writes, he feels the he is moving inward (through himself) and at the same time moving outward (towards the world). What he experienced, perhaps, during those few moments on Christmas Eve, 1979, as he sat alone in his room on Varick Street, was this: the sudden knowledge that came over him that even alone, in the deepest solitude of his room, he was not alone, or, more precisely, that the moment he began to try to speak of that solitude, he had become more than just himself. Memory, therefore, not simply as the resurrection of one’s private past, but an immersion in the past of others, which is to say: history – which one both participates in and is a witness to, is a part of and apart from. Everything, therefore, is present in his mind at once, as if each element were reflecting the light of all the others, and at the same time emitting its own unique and unquenchable radiance. If there is any reason for him to be in this room now, it is because there is something inside him hungering to see it all at once, to savor the chaos of it in all its raw and urgent simultaneity. And yet, the telling of it is necessarily slow, a delicate business of trying to remember what has already been remembered. The pen will never be able to move fast enough to write down every word discovered in the space of memory. Some things have been lost forever, other things will perhaps be remembered again, and still others have been lost and found and lost again. There is no way to be sure of any of this.”

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Paul Auster. “The Book of Memory,” in The Invention of Solitude, 1982, pp. 148-49

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I am scanning my negatives made during the years 1991 – 1997 to preserve them in the form of an online archive as a process of active memory, so that the images are not lost forever. These photographs were images of my life and imagination at the time of their making, the ideas I was thinking about and the people and things that surrounded me.

All images © Marcus Bunyan but can be used freely anywhere with the proper acknowledgement. Please click the photographs for a larger version of the image. Please remember these are just straight scans of the prints, all full frame, no cropping !

 

 

Marcus Bunyan. 'Untitled (bandsaw)' 1994

 

Marcus Bunyan
Untitled (bandsaw)
1994
Silver gelatin photograph

 

Marcus Bunyan. 'Inversion' 1994

 

Marcus Bunyan
Inversion
1994
Silver gelatin photograph

 

Marcus Bunyan. 'Growth 2' 1994

 

Marcus Bunyan
Growth 2
1994
Silver gelatin photograph

 

Marcus Bunyan. 'Starry Night (Burke and Wills memorial)' 1994

 

Marcus Bunyan
Starry Night (Burke and Wills memorial)
1994
Silver gelatin photograph

 

Marcus Bunyan. 'Untitled (bandsaw)' 1994

 

Marcus Bunyan
Untitled (bandsaw)
1994
Silver gelatin photograph

 

Marcus Bunyan. 'Four ears' 1994

 

Marcus Bunyan
Four ears
1994
Silver gelatin photograph

 

Marcus Bunyan. 'Such is death' 1994

 

Marcus Bunyan
Such is death
1994
Silver gelatin photograph

 

Marcus Bunyan. 'The wash house' 1994

 

Marcus Bunyan
The wash house
1994
Silver gelatin photograph

 

Marcus Bunyan. 'Untitled (bandsaw)' 1994

 

Marcus Bunyan
Untitled (bandsaw)
1994
Silver gelatin photograph

 

Marcus Bunyan. 'The place where many men have stood' 1994

 

Marcus Bunyan
The place where many men have stood
1994
Silver gelatin photograph

 

Marcus Bunyan. 'Untitled (bandsaw)' 1994

 

Marcus Bunyan
Untitled (bandsaw)
1994
Silver gelatin photograph

 

Marcus Bunyan. 'Singer' 1994

 

Marcus Bunyan
Singer
1994
Silver gelatin photograph

 

ecce-homo

 

Marcus Bunyan
Ecce homo
1994
Silver gelatin photograph

 

Marcus Bunyan. 'Cluster' 1994

 

Marcus Bunyan
Cluster
1994
Silver gelatin photograph

 

theoria

 

Marcus Bunyan
Theoria
1994
Silver gelatin photograph

 

Marcus Bunyan. 'Parsnips and potatoes' 1994

 

Marcus Bunyan
Parsnips and potatoes
1994
Silver gelatin photograph

 

Marcus Bunyan. 'Burke and water' 1994

 

Marcus Bunyan
Burke and water
1994
Silver gelatin photograph

 

Marcus Bunyan. 'Growth 1' 1994

 

Marcus Bunyan
Growth 1
1994
Silver gelatin photograph

 

Marcus Bunyan. 'Untitled (comet)' 1994

 

Marcus Bunyan
Untitled (comet)
1994
Silver gelatin photograph

 

Marcus Bunyan. 'A(r)mour' 1994

 

Marcus Bunyan
A(r)mour
1994
Silver gelatin photograph

 

 

 

The Greek theoria (θεωρία), from which the English word “theory” is derived, meant “contemplation, speculation, a looking at, things looked at”, from theorein (θεωρεῖν) “to consider, speculate, look at”, from theoros (θεωρός) “spectator”, from thea (θέα) “a view” + horan (ὁρᾶν) “to see”. It expressed the state of being a spectator. Both Greek θεωρία and Latin contemplatio primarily meant looking at things, whether with the eyes or with the mind.

Taking philosophical and theological traditions into consideration, the term was used by the ancient Greeks to refer to the act of experiencing or observing and then comprehending through consciousness, which is called the nous or “eye of the soul” (Matthew 6:22–34). Insight into being and becoming (called noesis) through the intuitive truth called faith, in God (action through faith and love for God), leads to truth through our contemplative faculties. This theory, or speculation, as action in faith and love for God, is then expressed famously as “Beauty shall Save the World”. This expression comes from a mystical or gnosiological perspective, rather than a scientific, philosophical or cultural one. (Text from Wikipedia)

 

 

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Dr Marcus Bunyan

Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes the Art Blart blog which reviews exhibitions in Melbourne, Australia and posts exhibitions from around the world. He has a Dr of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne and is currently studying a Master of Art Curatorship at The University of Melbourne.

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