1999 seminar will explore the interplay between visual images
and words throughout history and the evolutions of those interactions
into our modern day world. Beginning with the argument between
Plato and Socrates about why, or why one would not, write things
down, we'll look at cultures that have gone from primarily oral
communication to video--skipping the writing stage.
will look at cultures where communications are encoded in metaphors
and icons and where fiction and reality mix to arrive at truth.
How do these transitions and permutations alter the communication
and the basic logic structure underneath that communication?
How has language affected art and the development of the artist's
communication? How does language function in art? Works
that have political and social agenda as well as aesthetic
ones; temporal pieces and conceptual works will be examined.
will share work about issues of race and gender imbedded in language
and visual communication. How does "writing "about
visual art define it, contain it and what are the role and
responsibility of the artist to engage in, or confront critical
writing? Are images communicating in contemporary global
culture -- The WEB--in different ways than images have in the
past? What role are visual icons playing in this new era of instant
global communication? Has the underlying structure of communication
made another fundamental shift?
has one's search for knowledge and truth been effect by the democratization
of information provided by electronic communication and are educational
institutions providing the forum for these inquiries?