Posted by: glue | February 10, 2012


A basic genre blend, or hybrid, relevant to flash reason, including mystory, is the fotem.  There is nothing original in the composition or poetics of a fotem:  image + text, a relationship between seeing and saying.  The definition is:  a modified image (of any sort:  photograph, drawing, found document…) + text.  The text may be in the image or only the title (as in this case).  An important study of this mode is Michel Foucault, This is not a pipe.

Sorry, No Reward

This fotem consists of the modified photograph + title (“Sorry, No Reward”).  The  term is a portmanteau, photograph + poem, modified spelling (foto-gram), resonance with “totem” (alluding to Levi-Strauss, The Savage Mind). Fotemry, fotemic, fotetics.

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