“In the mirror, I see myself there where I am not, in an unreal, virtual space that opens up behind the surface;” – I am over there, there where I am not, a sort of shadow that gives my own visibility to myself, that enables me to see myself there where I am absent – MICHEL FOUCAULT
“From the standpoint of the mirror I discover my absence from the place where I am since I see myself over there.” – Michel Foucault , Of Other Spaces, Heterotopias
“You ..can never see yourself except as an image; you never see your eyes unless they are dulled by the gaze they rest upon the mirror or the lens (I am interested in seeing my eyes only when they look at you): even and especially for your own body, you are condemned to the repertoire of its images.” – “But I never looked like that!” —How do you know? What is the “you” you might or might not look like? Where do you find it—by which morphological or expressive calibration? Where is your authentic body?
– ROLAND BARTHES
“The mirror ..makes this place that I occupy at the moment when I look at myself in the glass at once absolutely real, connected with all the space that surrounds it, and absolutely unreal, since in order to be perceived it has to pass through this virtual point which is over there.” – Starting from this gaze that is ..directed toward me, from the ground of this virtual space that is on the other side of the glass, I come back toward myself; ..I begin again to direct my eyes toward myself and to reconstitute myself there where I am.
Of Other Spaces, Heterotopias – MICHEL FOUCAULT
“The neurotic dwells in desire as an escape and the term fantasy gaze refers to how he fears being seen and keeps a distance by having a fantasy of what he is for others rather than risking to find out about his lack and about others by risking to be seen” – Andre Vantino (via andre-vantino)
“The subject is sustaining himself in a function of desire. ..But expressionists give..a..satisfaction of [the real gaze even when] what one shows the subject is not what he wishes to see.” – Jacques Lacan (via jacques—lacan)