Lecture Notes in Morphogenesis

The Language of Images

The Forms and the Forces

Authors: Dondero, Maria Giulia

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  • Addresses the relationship between image and observer, the relation between the forces, forms, and materiality of the images
  • Uses plastic analysis (topology, colors, and shapes) and enunciative perspective to describe the relationship between image and observer more effectively
  • Analyzes the materiality of images (features of the medium) in order to describe the “substance” of visual forms and their transformation from one medium to another
  • Compares semiotic qualitative analysis (close reading) and quantitative analysis of images (distant reading, via automatic extraction of visual features) to examine fundamental formal characteristics of images
  • Includes a chapter on metavisual devices and operations that illuminates the grammar of scientific and artistic images
  • Discusses the theories which are tested on a variety of corpora for analysis, including both paintings and photographs, taken from traditional as well as contemporary sources in a variety of social sectors (art, science, advertising)
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This book deals with two fundamental issues in the semiotics of the image. The first is the relationship between image and observer: how does one look at an image? To answer this question, this book sets out to transpose the theory of enunciation formulated in linguistics over to the visual field. It also aims to clarify the gains made in contemporary visual semiotics relative to the semiology of Roland Barthes and Emile Benveniste. 
The second issue addressed is the relation between the forces, forms and materiality of the images. How do different physical mediums (pictorial, photographic and digital) influence visual forms? How does materiality affect the generativity of forms? On the forces within the images, the book addresses the philosophical thought of Gilles Deleuze and René Thom as well as the experiment of Aby Warburg’s Atlas Mnemosyne. 
The theories discussed in the book are tested on a variety of corpora for analysis, including both paintings and photographs, taken from traditional as well as contemporary sources in a variety of social sectors (arts and sciences).   
Finally, semiotic methodology is contrasted with the computational analysis of large collections of images (Big Data), such as the “Media Visualization” analyses proposed by Lev Manovich and Cultural Analytics in the field of Computer Science to evaluate the impact of automatic analysis of visual forms on Digital Art History and more generally on the image sciences.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Language of Images
Book Subtitle
The Forms and the Forces
Authors
Series Title
Lecture Notes in Morphogenesis
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-52620-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-52620-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-52619-1
Series ISSN
2195-1934
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 147
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations, 23 illustrations in colour
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