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The Slice: Cutting to See (exhibition) at the Architectural Association

A cut and a slice, is there any question when a cut and a slice are just the same.
A cut and a slice has no particular exchange it has a strange exception to all that which is different.
A cut and only slice, only a cut and only a slice, the remains of a taste may remain and tasting is accurate.
A cut and an occasion, a slice and a substitute a single hurry and a circumstance that shows that, all this is so reasonable when everything is clear.

-Gertude Stein, What Happened: A Play (1922)

(Photos by JEJ)

Egg & Vegetable Slicer 1969-77

Air wing sonar buoy deployment

Hand open bread slicer 1880-1900

Bacon slicer with spare blade 1960-80

Inside a De Havilland Albatros

Sectioned eye 1870

Female half skeletal dressed in Regency clothes 1810-50

Male half skeletal dressed in Regency clothes 1810-50

Seeing is a matter of surfaces. It’s for this reason that both vision and representation are continually haunted by the problem of insides and outsides – the relationship between the external and what lies within.

A merely perceptual matter? If only. It has crept up on us: the ocular paradigm of post-Cartesian metaphysics gradually sublimed this persuasive visual anxiety, creating in the process our public metaphors for critical inquiry itself:  ’superficial’ propositions, ‘trenchant’ analysis, the joys of insight.

Exhibition curated by D Graham Burnett and Christopher Turner



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