There Is Nothing to See

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  • Title: There Is Nothing to See: The Split of the Visual and the Visible
  • Author(s): Tatiana Fernández Méndez
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: The Image
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of the Image
  • Keywords: Visible-Visual, Space Distribution, Political Timing Specific
  • Volume: 9
  • Issue: 1
  • Year: 2018
  • ISSN: 2154-8560 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2154-8579 (Online)
  • DOI:
  • Citation: Fernández Méndez, Tatiana. 2018. "There Is Nothing to See: The Split of the Visual and the Visible." The International Journal of the Image 9 (1): 11-17. doi:10.18848/2154-8560/CGP/v09i01/11-17.
  • Extent: 7 pages


Space distribution problematics are always attached to the problematics of vision, which is why art is related to notions of space and its distribution. This article draws primarily from Nicolas Mirzoeff and Michel Foucault and their approaches to space distributions problematics, as well from as the double perspective of structure and event proposed by Georges Didi-Huberman, in order to understand the split of the visual and the visible that signals the tensions between domination and emancipation in power relations. For this purpose, Tania Brugueraʼs “Tatlinʼs Whisper #5” visual structure shows “nothing to see” other than power experience, and her concept of Political Timing Specific infers ways to understand and handle space as existence and, as such, conveys ways to understand the politics of space distribution in the web formed between the being and the world, the individual and the collective.