Images of Animate Movement. Representations of Life
Bilder animierter Bewegung. Darstellungen von Leben
May 26 – 28, 2011
eikones NCCR Iconic Criticism – Power and Meaning of Images
The fascinating paradox that we can see life in abstract images is the starting point of this conference. In a drawing of just a few lines, we can immediately recognize a human figure walking. A moving quadrangle can be seen as a crawling caterpillar. And some well-placed moving points are directly joined together in the form of a dancing couple. Again and again, we are astonished that we can actually see a creature moving in the image – even when the image is of such a reduced and simple nature or when it is not even a temporal moving image. How this impression of animate movement can be explained is what is explored at this conference: how can a simple line or form suddenly transform into something so specifically meaningful? How is this transition – this coming to life – to be described? How can it be constructed in the first place?
The conference brings together different domains of knowledge, such as perceptual psychology, art history, choreography, dance studies, the arts, animation studies, biology, paleontology and history of science, in order to approach the phenomenon of animate movement and its images in its complexity in a new way.
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