How Images Actually Work: Settling a Longstanding Debate

Posted on March 11, 2015

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Wednesday 18th March, 1.00pm-3.00pm, SB01, Scott Sutherland Building

Led by Jim Hamlyn with guest Professor Ken Neil

How do depictive images actually work? Do they simply resemble the things they represent and if so, then in what respects do they resemble these things and to what degree? Do we suspend our disbelief whilst indulging the illusion of pictorial representation? Are any of the mainstream theories really up to the task of fully explaining depiction or is there some other mystery at work which allows us to substitute flat pieces of wood pulp smeared with pigments for the three dimensional scenes and objects we see all around us? This seminar intends to get right to the heart of one of our most important but theoretically misunderstood communicative tools.

Professor Ken Neil is an ex colleague of many of us here at Gray’s and is now Head of Research at Glasgow School of Art where he has worked since 2006. Ken’s research and supervisory interests relate to three fields: contemporary art and art theory; issues of access and tradition in creative education; and theories of the real and the everyday in contemporary art. These interests are closely related to Jim’s own research and promise to make for a very stimulating and thought provoking discussion.

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