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Looking becomes a metaphor for devouring

Elegy to the American Republic

This slideshow documents the online installation of 'Elegy to the American Republic.' Elegy contains 200 images of American war dead. Clicking on a thumbnail image allowed a larger version to be viewed. With each viewing the image would degrade, gradually becoming almost completely white and disappearing into the page. This documentation shows a grid of thumbnails with screenshots of various stages of degradation.

Questions raised by this work:
What happens to memory when the images are gone?
How does the act of devouring alter our perception?
What happens when we realize that someone else has already looked?
What sort of truths are expressed if you can change the image?

Robert Spahr
February 11, 2007

Further Resources

Elegy to the American Republic (tiles)
Mixed-media works using the Elegy images as source material.