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Image thesis: Art or multidimensional logic

Peters, J.J. (2005) Image thesis: Art or multidimensional logic. IM: Interactive Media (1).

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In this paper I wish to do away with the seductive connotation of “art” that haunts the image based research and argue that what often gets categorized as art in an image-based text is in fact a most powerful multidimensional system of communication which if harnessed properly is able to communicate parallel and simultaneous messages in a way that words can only imitate. Communicating with such a multidimensional logical system intrinsically requires a more complex intellectual undertaking than that based on a simple word-based syllogism - if only because words are frequently only one element of an image-based text. While image makers understand this complexity well, most conventional academics are not fully aware of the intellectual rigor that goes into the image making process. It is therefore fitting that one should argue for the articulate worth of images in words and so hopefully reach the academics who presently find themselves visually challenged in this all too visual a world. It may also be worthwhile to do this by first specifying the essential difference between the two mediums under consideration.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): National Academy of Screen and Sound
Publisher: National Academy of Screen and Sound
Copyright: 2005 Murdoch University
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