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Ian Verstegen

Ian Verstegen studied art history and experimental psychology, receiving his PhD with Marcia Hall at Temple University with a dissertation on the color and painting technique of Federico Barocci. Recent publications include Cognitive Iconology: How and When Psychology Explains Images and A Realist Theory of Art History. He is associate director of Visual Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Articles of Ian Verstegen

What Can Arnheim Learn from Flusser (and Vice Versa)?

This paper fills a gap in Flusser scholarship by conducting an initial comparison of Flusser with Rudolf Arnheim. After noting their similar approaches – open both to science and phenomenology – it looks closely at each theorist’s respective theory of photography. They differ in that Flusser believes that the photography as a technical apparatus is not objective. However, with some contextualization each can be seen to say complementary things. Reflecting on each theorist’s cautiously optimistic or pessimistic approach to evolving media, the paper concludes with thoughts on how they give helpful ideas on how to flesh out aspects of the other’s thought.

Arnheim and Flusser (PDF 169.37 KB)

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