The Treachery of Images



It’s impossible not to think of Magritte’s amazingly titled work, The Treachery Of Images when it comes to the poems I’ve been writing.

“The famous pipe. How people reproached me for it! And yet, could you stuff my pipe? No, it’s just a representation, is it not? So if I had written on my picture “This is a pipe”, I’d have been lying!” – Magritte.

I’m thinking about signifiers, representative realism, simulation, direct and indirect.  A new kind of perception.

What I’m interested in is using a deconstructive approach to live performance that encourages people to read many things into a one act.  To play with perception and imagination while at the same time being explicit about the form of the work.

I’m interested to read up on what Deleuze says about post-representation and Derrida says about Binaries for this piece.