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19 Jun - "Image Analysis between Semiotics and Computational Methods", Lecture by Maria Giulia Dondero, Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (F.R.S.-FNRS), Belgium

The visit of Maria Giulia Dondero is organised in collaboration with Claudio Paolucci from the Department of Philosophy and Communication Studies.

Jun 19, 2019 from 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM

Where Sala Rossa, Palazzo Marchesini, via Marsala 26, Bologna (first floor)

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This lecture aims at describing the relationships between semiotic analysis of images (‘close reading’) and computational analysis of big corpora of images (‘distant reading’). We’ll pursue two objectives. The first is to describe the different types of analysis created through Media Visualization as practiced by Lev Manovich and the Cultural Analytics Lab. We will study two ways in which vast collections of archived images (Big Visual Data) are visualized – as montages and diagrams –, posing the hypothesis that these visualizations function as an analysis of the visual archive through specifically visual and topological means. The visualizations created with this automatic and statistic techniques can be seen as diagrams that classify image corpora according to visual descriptors (color, shape, topological arrangement). The issue of visual metalanguage will be broached. We’ll show that the concept of analysis is not exclusively limited to natural and formal languages for its implementation, but that visual language may also serve as an analysis medium. The second objective is to define a series of new indexation parameters for image databases (especially compositional and mereological parameters). This strategy will enable us to go beyond the usual metadata on which these databases are constructed and to evaluate whether and how the question of archiving images can be useful for rethinking plastic/figurative analysis and enunciate theory in Semiotics.