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A Driving Force

On the Rhetoric of Images and Power

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Angelica Bertoli    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia

Giulia Gelmi    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

Andrea Missagia    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

Maria Novella Tavano    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia

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The volume comprises a selection of papers presented at the 5th Postgraduate International Conference organized by the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Venice, 4-6 October 2023): A Driving Force. On the Rhetoric of Images and Power. In the introduction to his well-known The Power of Images (1989), David Freedberg claims not only that images hold power over us, but they are also, inevitably, related to ‘power’ itself. Art is therefore a powerful and non-neutral tool. Its forms and expressions influence and manipulate the realm of the real. Throughout human history, the artist’s creative power gave form, substance, and meaning to otherwise inert matter. This process turned the artist into a demiurge. Furthermore, once images are given their final form, they circulate and live a life of their own. The 5th Postgraduate International Conference was aimed at investigating the rhetorical nature of the intersection between image and power. In 1979 Yuri Lotman claimed that “rhetoric” is the displacement of the structural principles of a given semiotic sphere into another semiotic sphere. The Tartu semiologist’s approach implies that the “correlation with different semiotic systems gives rise to a rhetorical situation in which a powerful source of elaboration of new meanings is contained”. In exploring these meanings from a multidisciplinary perspective, this volume investigates two main themes: the power of the image, as an autonomous device, endowed with a pervasive and persuasive character; the image as a form for representing power which addresses questions concerning the sense of authority, and its negation, namely a sense of dissidence and counter-narrations.

Pubblicato
22 Dicembre 2023
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EN
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-771-5
Copyright: © 2023 Angelica Bertoli, Giulia Gelmi, Andrea Missagia, Maria Novella Tavano. 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.

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The Representation of Power and its Subsequent Overturning in Relation to Postcolonial Art in Italy
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Artistic Expression and Political Power in Late Medieval and Renaissance Venice
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At the Origin of the Distorted Portrait of the Byzantine Emperor John V Palaiologos (r. 1354-91) in the Latin West
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Pietro Aretino’s Poetical Devices as Demystification of the Present
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Me, Myself and I: Reframing the Concepts of Identity and Otherness
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Hans Holbein the Younger and the Painted Facade of the Hertenstein House in Lucerne (1517)
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Your Gaze Hits the Side of My Face: On the Image as Social Response and Counterculture
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Crossing Boundaries: Exploring Interdisciplinary Practices and Moving Images
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Cultural Institutions and Power: On the Relationship Between Museums and Politics
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Ashraf Osman   
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The Impossible Exhibition of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Turin
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Let Me Be Your Eyes: Investigations into the Phenomenology of Control
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The Imperial Folk Arts and Crafts Revival’s Narratives at the Second All-Russian Kustar’ Exhibition (1913)
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