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VI International Congress on Visual Culture GKA VISUAL 2020 April 16-17, 2020 | Paris, France | Université Paris Diderot SUBMIT PROPOSAL Next deadline: MARCH 2, 2020 GKA VISUAL 2020 Highlighted Theme Image and gesture. Expression in thought and behaviour More information Congress's Host University

6th International Congress on
Visual Culture
April 16-17, 2020
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Image and gesture. Expression in thought and behaviour.
PROPOSAL SUBMISSION Registration Congress Themes Plenary speakers Scholarships Travel and Accommodation Congress venue

Key Dates

Congress: April 16-17th, 2020.

First Call for Papers until October 1, 2019
Second Call for Papers until December 2, 2019
FINAL Call for Papers until March 2, 2020
Early Rate until October 15, 2019
Standard Rate until December 16, 2019
FINAL Rate until March 16, 2020

Congress: April 16-17th, 2020.

1st CFP until October 1, 2019
2nd CFP until December 2, 2019
FINAL CFP until March 2, 2020
Early Rate until October 15, 2019
Standard Rate until December 16, 2019
FINAL Rate until March 16, 2019

2020 Highlighted Theme

Image and gesture. Expression in thought and behaviour.

The form of expression, as much at the individual level as well as at the socio-political and artistic behaviour levels, is of vital importance, not only when it comes to influencing the interlocutor (forms of communication), but also in the analysis of the speaker / sender’s expression of intentions and of the receiver / consumer’s emotions, and even as a manifestation of a mental universe and a cultural background, a Weltanschauung, a worldview, interpretations and reinterpretations of reality which include the human being.

Gesture and image establish the artist’s personal stamp and are the marks of authorship. It is that which makes each work totally irreplaceable- the stamp of individuality. On the other hand, there are also dialogues with those who receive these artistic forms, generating mediations, rethinking identities and provoking cultural ‘hybridizations.

Some of the aspects to be analysed at the congress in relation to this topic are:

  1. Gesture and symbolism in the arts.
  1. Style and gesture. Gestural image and artistic expression.
  1. Individualism in the arts and modern thinking. The novelty and authorship. The origin of the work, what do we understand by creativity and novelty?
  1. Gesture and Expressionism. Academy and Romanticism in the world of creation. The limits of the artistic. Is everything art? Art and the arts.
  1. Gesture as a manifestation of individual and political will. Expression and manipulation. «Degenerate art» and historical manifestations: art and power.
  1. Gesture as a form. Is there an individual form? Formalism and rationalism in artistic and social expression.

Recurring Themes

Image and Society

  • Mass media. Culture industry.
  • The society of the spectacle.
  • The phenomenon of ‘second screen.’ Multitasking viewers.
  • Media influence and political world.
  • Visual sociology. Visual dimensions of social life.
  • Cultural dimensions of the image: race, ethnic origin, gender, age, sexuality, bodies.
  • Advertising. Rhetoric of the image.
  • Propaganda: forms, psychological mechanisms, and political agendas.
  • Global and local images.
  • Galleries. Museums. Achaeological sites.
  • Cultural heritage.
  • Fashion. Design. Cosmetics.
  • Body image. Cosmetic surgeries. Eating disorders.
  • The impact of social media on male/female body image.

The Image Industry

  • Cultural policies.
  • Film industry. Film festivals.
  • Painting and sculpture exhibitions.
  • Auction houses. Agents and agencies.
  • Local and international trade.
  • Digital distribution platforms. Streaming.
  • Self-publishing and self-promotion. Youtubers.
  • Digital devices: smartphones, tablets, augmented reality.
  • Media and education. Edumedia.
  • New business models and new processes.
  • Copyright and intellectual property.
  • Graphic design tools.
  • Interactive multimedia content.
  • Video games.

Visual History and Philosophy

  • History of art.
  • Philosophy of art. Aesthetics.
  • The visible and the invisible.
  • Images and material culture.
  • Technologies of the image.
  • Analyzing images.
  • Iconographic documents. Image archives.
  • Image and social networks. Images on the cloud. Internet.
  • Webcams. Privacy and surveillance.
  • Intellectual property rights. Creative Commons. Reusability.
  • Authorship. Co-authorship. The author-function concept. Death of the author?
  • Elements of the image: perspectives, colors, lines, sight.
  • Visual ethics I: religious images, philosophical images and metaphors, photo and video journalism, filmaking.
  • Visual ethics II: ethics of visual production, ethics of visual reception. Codes of ethics and self-regulation.
  • New visual ecologies. New philosophies.

Visual Culture

  • The substance of the image.
  • Visual form vs visual function.
  • Static images: photography, painting, drawings, comics, sculptures.
  • Dynamic images: cinema, TV, videos, documentaries, animation.
  • Visual rhetoric: charts, paintings, diagrams, webpages, advertising, movies, newspapers, magazines, photographs, newsreels.
  • Explicit images. Hidden messages. Ways of seeing.
  • Visual learning. Visual literacy. Interpreting, negotiating, and making meaning from images.
  • Visual fine arts: drawing, painting, sculptures, photography, video, cinema, ceramics.
  • Visual applied arts: industrial design, graphic design, fashion design, interior design, decorative art, architecture.
  • Visual communication. Semiotics.
  • Visual storytelling: channels, archetypes, emotions, and engagement.
  • Transmedia storytelling.
  • Visualization technologies.
  • Geographical Information System (GIS). Conceptual maps.
  • Digitization and visualization of cultural objects. 2D and 3D.
  • Medical images. Images in/of science.