The Legacy and Future of Saussurean Semiology in the Study of Art and Visual Communication

Maja Rudloff, Rasmus Kjærboe

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Abstract

The present study discusses how the emergence of semiology has outlined a new trajectory for visual and pictorial studies. First, we outline how Ferdinand de Saussure’s thoughts on the sign and its relation to visual communication has developed. Second, we interrogate its impact on art history, an already established science of visuality, throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Third, we briefly discuss whether art history’s answer to reading Saussure is a denial or a positive affirmation of political responsibility shared by visual studies in general. The study highlights some of the most pertinent parts of the Saussurean legacy for the study of visual communication as a system, and some of the challenges and
opportunities this legacy has created.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftLanguage and Semiotic Studies
Vol/bind8
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)123-132
ISSN2096-031X
StatusUdgivet - apr. 2022

Emneord

  • visual communication
  • semiology
  • images
  • art
  • art history

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