Multistable FiguresOn the Critical Potential of Ir/Reversible Aspect-SeeingVienna: Turia + Kant, 2014
Copy to Clipboard
Add italics as necessary
Cite as: Luca Di Blasi, ‘Splitting Images: Understanding Irreversible Fractures through Aspect Change’, in Multistable Figures: On the Critical Potential of Ir/Reversible Aspect-Seeing, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey, Cultural Inquiry, 8 (Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2014), pp. 67–87 <https://doi.org/10.37050/ci-08_04>

Splitting ImagesUnderstanding Irreversible Fractures through Aspect ChangeLuca Di BlasiORCID

Abstract

The Rubin vase and duck-rabbit have two things in common: not only are they famous multistable figures, or Kippbilder, but before being discovered by scientists and philosophers, they both started their career as simple jokes. In contrast to usual understandings of Kippbilder, this paper will try to demonstrate that Kippbilder can be a helpful model for understanding better dramatic, existential, and even religious events and their consequences.

Keywords: aspect seeing; gestalt psychology; multistable figures; multistability; religious studies; splitting (psychology)

Click here to open the pdf in a new window or download.

Bibliography

  1. Agamben, Giorgio, The Time That Remains: A Commentary on the Letter to the Romans, trans. by Patricia Dailey (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2005)
  2. Badiou, Alain, Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2003)
  3. Benjamin, Walter, Abhandlungen, in Gesammelte Schriften, ed. by Rolf Tiedemann and Hermann Schweppenhäuser, 7 vols (Frankfurt a.M.: Suhrkamp, 1991)
  4. Di Blasi, Luca, ‘One Divided by Another: Split and Conversion in Pasolini’s San Paolo’, in The Scandal of Self-Contradiction: Pasolini’s Multistable Subjectivities, Traditions, Geographies, ed. by Luca Di Blasi, Manuele Gragnolati, and Christoph F. E. Holzhey (Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2012), pp. 189–207 <https://doi.org/10.37050/ci-06_11>
  5. Fortuna, Sara, Wittgensteins Philosophie des Kippbilds: Aspektwechsel, Ethik, Sprache (Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2012)
  6. Goppelsröder, Fabian, Zwischen Sagen und Zeigen: Wittgensteins Weg von der literarischen zur dichtenden Philosophie (Bielefeld: Transcript, 2007) <https://doi.org/10.14361/9783839407646>
  7. Kornmeier, Jürgen, Wahrnehmungswechsel bei mehrdeutigen Bildern – EEG-Messungen zum Zeitverlauf neuronaler Mechanismen (Freiburg: Fakultät für Biologie der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, 2002)
  8. Liska, Vivian, Giorgio Agambens leerer Messianismus (Vienna: Schlebrügge, 2008)
  9. Luhmann, Niklas, ‘The Paradox of Form’, in Problems of Form, ed. by Dirk Baecker (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1999), pp. 16–26
  10. Malevich, Kasimir, ‘From Cubism and Futurism to Suprematism: The New Realism in Painting’, in Art in Theory 1900–1990: An Anthology of Changing Ideas, ed. by Charles Harrison and Paul Wood (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1992), pp. 166–76
  11. Martin, Lillien J., ‘Über die Abhängigkeit visueller Vorstellungsbilder vom Denken. Eine experimentelle Untersuchung’, Zeitschrift für Psychologie und Physiologie der Sinnesorgane, I. Abteilung. Zeitschrift für Psychologie, 70.3–4 (Leipzig: Johann Ambrosius Barth, 1914-15), pp. 212–75
  12. Rubin, Edgar, Synsoplevede Figurer: Studier i psykologisk Analyse (København: Gyldendal, 1915)
  13. Spencer-Brown, George, Laws of Form (New York: E.P. Dutton, 1979)
  14. Taubes, Jacob, Die politische Theologie des Paulus: Vorträge, gehalten an der Forschungsstätte der evangelischen Studiengemeinschaft in Heidelberg, 23.–27. Februar 1987 (München: Wilhelm Fink, 1993)
  15. Wittgenstein, Ludwig, Philosophical Investigations (Philosophische Untersuchungen), trans. by G. E. M. Anscombe, reissued 2nd edn (Oxford: Blackwell, 1997)
  16. Žižek, Slavoj, The Parallax View (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2006) <https://doi.org/10.7551/mitpress/5231.001.0001>
  17. The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2003) <https://doi.org/10.7551/mitpress/5706.001.0001>