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Critical review of studies on the representation of architecture and use of the image in science and art


Immagine e immaginazione tra rappresentazione, comunicazione, pedagogia e psicologia

Organisers: Faculty of Education – Unibz

Brixen – Bressanone (BZ),November 27-28, 2017

Location: Viale Ratisbona/Regensburger Allee, 16

A biunivocal and indissoluble relationship exists between image and imagination, whose multiple manifestations involve heterogeneous, and at the same time contiguous, research path: there are images that embody the imagination of their author (drawing design) and images that try to go back to his original intentions (survey drawing); images deeply rooted in real space (geographical maps and city images) and images acted in one necessarily imagined space (virtual & augmented reality, utopian city or piranesianic spaces); images that intentionally alter the perceived reality (photographic manipulations) and images that result from deception or alteration of perceptual schemes (anamorphic representations and dysperceptive phenomena); images that make narrative paths (visual storytelling) and educational images capable to form the knowledge, the know-how and the knowing how to be (iconography and iconology didactics); images that enhance the narrative experience of the child (illustration for children), and experiential images that integrate space and time (children’s drawings); images that stimulate the imagination of their user (visual design) and interactive images that support the imagination of the urban planner (processing and visualization of territorial data).

The images as visual artefacts, “designed objects”, perfect synthesis between Eidos and Eidolon, represent and contain entire worlds, real or imaginary, in the space of a glance. This glance represents the limit between the pre-perceptual characteristics of the image and its pre-projective characteristics. This glance is the retinal boundary between what an image is and what an image means.
The conference aims to investigate this gaze, through the comparison of contributions from different scientific perspectives, with the intention to shed new light on historical questions and to draw new ideas and applications for the future of the images.

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