This lecture is an attempt at illustrating some phenomenological processes dealing with the rhythm of apparition-disappearance. It is, therefore, not a doctrinal construction, but rather only a series of Denkbilder or, what I call in French, aperçues. How is one to describe something which appears only for one instant? This is actually not only a theoretical question, but also a poetic one.
BIO/BIB – Georges Didi-Huberman, philosopher and art historian, teaches at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris). Fellowships at Rome (Académie de France), Florence (Villa I Tatti-Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies), London (Institute of Advanced Study, Warburg Institute), Los Angeles (Getty Research Institute), etc. Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, Berkeley, Courtauld Institute, Freie Universität (Berlin), Basel, Tokyo, etc. Hans-Reimer-Preis of the Aby-Warburg-Stiftung (Hamburg), Humboldt-Preis (Berlin). Doctor honoris causa at the UQÀM (Montréal). Curator of some exhibitions, such as L’Empreinte (Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1997), Fables du lieu (Studio national des Arts contemporains, Tourcoing, 2001), Atlas (Museo nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, 2010 ; ZKM, Karlsruhe and Deichtorhallen-Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg, 2011), Nouvelles histoires de fantômes (Tourcoing, Rio de Janeiro, Beyrouth, Paris) and Memory Burns (Beijing). Didi-Huberman has published about fifty books on the history and theory of images, some of them translated into English, such as: Fra Angelico: Dissemblance and Figuration, The University of Chicago Press 1995. Invention of Hysteria : Charcot and the Photographic Iconography of Salpêtrière, The MIT Press 2003. Confronting Images: Questioning the Ends of a Certain History of Art, The Pennsylvania State University Press 2005. Images in Spite of All: Four Photographs from Auschwitz, The University of Chicago Press 2008.