vorstellen the word

Images mediate between man and the world, in the sense that they represent the world. But in doing so, they also substitude themselves for the world. The German term "vorstellen" articulates this dialectic: images "stellen die Welt vor und stelle sich vor die Welt".

FLUSSER, Vilém, "Text and Image", Variantology 4, edited by Siegfried Zielinski and Eckhard Fürlus

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"Images represent the world and imagine the world".

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vorstellen is a work of representation and of imagination in form of a network.