To Speak the Unspeakable? Tropes and Negativity in Writings about Art

Lippert, F. & Schürmann, A., 2010, Los itinerarios de la imagen: The Itineraries of the Image. Báez-Rubí, L., Carreón Blaine, E. & Dorotinsky, D. (eds.). México D.F.: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, p. 417-432 16 p.

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In this contribution, we focus on the image's medial position in relation to language. Basing upon the general question if and how words and images may be compatible, we deal with two specific fields of transmediality:
Anja Schürmann refers to the fact that whenever we talk or write about images, we literally try to put them into words, that is: to localize the visual within another medium. In this context, she examines the use of metaphors and comparisons as concrete strategies in past and present image descriptions, which try to bridge or, at least, reduce the medial divide.
Florian Lippert first asks for common patterns of image and text phenomena in the field of aesthetics, recapitulating the transdisciplinary theoretical concept of "constitutive blanks", part of Wolfgang Iser’s definition of literary negativity. In a second step, he tries to connect this topic with the basic question of image related language.
Our aim is to characterize the respective concepts of metaphoricity and negativity as poetic in the truest sense of the word, that is: creating. By including the recipient (of both text and artwork) in the creation of meaning, they may allow what our title puts up for discussion: to speak the unspeakable.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLos itinerarios de la imagen
Subtitle of host publicationThe Itineraries of the Image
EditorsLinda Báez-Rubí, Emilie Carreón Blaine, Deborah Dorotinsky
Place of PublicationMéxico D.F.
PublisherUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)978-6070219771
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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