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Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice

A Conversation on Framing and Reframing

Susanne Franco    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

Pietro Conte    Ca' Foscari University of Venice    

Cristina Baldacci    Ca' Foscari University of Venice    

Mieke Bal    University of Amsterdam    

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abstract

In this conversation, Mieke Bal retraces the perimeter of her analytically based art practice and her practice-based theoretical work, taking advantage of the operational concept of frame but also of the many actions it generates – such as framing, unframing, de-framing, and re-framing. She considers the act of framing, understood as a first gesture of interpretation, much more useful than the noun itself for our understanding of the effects and meanings of art. Framing as an action can also potentially subvert the traditional, linear, and chronological views of time, bringing into question unilateral thinking. From this perspective, re-framing does not mean doing something again but doing something different – that is, something new – while unframing, instead of a refusal of the act of framing, is to put chaos into an artwork.

Published
Sept. 25, 2023
Submitted
May 26, 2023
Language
EN

Keywords: ReframingInterpretationArt theoryVisual Culture StudiesFraming

Copyright: © 2023 Susanne Franco, Pietro Conte, Cristina Baldacci, Mieke Bal. This is an open-access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction is permitted, provided that the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. The license allows for commercial use. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.