History & Theory: Course

Art as a Visual Language

Aronov Igor, Dr., Semester 1, Sunday, 12:30-14:00
Aronov Igor, Dr., Semester 2, Sunday, 12:30-14:00
Visual art is a means of human expression. Artists use it to express, convey, and investigate ideas, feelings, and experiences. According to the common opinion visual art is a language in its own right, being a major way of symbolical communication. Is there really a unified visual language, or every kind of art "speaking" in its own language? Does every work of art merely interpret a general language, or also create its own unique language, so that art "speaks" in multiple languages? How does the viewer decode messages of works of art? We will discuss these issues, and focus on the following aspects of language or languages of visual art: aesthetics, perception, representation, visual rhetoric, cognition, visual semiotics, reception, ethics, and cultural impact.