BODY, FACE AND PERFORMANCE, BETWEEN GESTURE AND WORD [S2]
Starting from the central figure of the father of iconology, Aby Warburg, and the inscription of the study of the image in a broader framework, the “science of culture”, the course proposes a journey through some of the essential traits and survivals of the contemporary image. Without wishing to be exhaustive, the aim of the course is to provide the student with theoretical tools to analyze the different territories of contemporary expressive forms and, above all, to approach images, to develop a dialectical relationship with them from the gestures and body performance.
Each block of the course starts from contemporary visual forms -cinema, television fiction, comic, video clip- to trace the survivals in the pictorial, sculptural, literary tradition and in the set of expressive forms that constitute the imaginary and the optical unconscious of the our culture. Gestures and body language are a key question not just for aesthetics but also for political analyses of image and their study allows media educators in the task of following the audiovisual knowledge transmission.