Call for Essay on: Multimodality: On the sensually organized and at the same time meaningful and socio-culturally relevant potential of

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Date: 
February 22, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Philosophy

Call for Essay for a special issue of the online open access, peer review journal "Art Style | Art & Culture International Magazine"
on: Multimodality: On the sensually organized and at the same time meaningful and socio-culturally relevant potential of artistic works

Edited by
Martina Sauer (Senior Editor, Institute for Image and Cultural Philosophy: https://www.bildphilosophie.de/en-gb) and
Christiane Wagner (Editor-in-Chief, University of São Paulo: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3445-1446)

 

In research, multimodality is generally seen as closely connected with perception, which is addressed via specific “medialities” and thus, textures of information carriers. From a perspective focused on our perception, however, we respond not only to technical media and their multimodally-structured sign systems but also to our bodies’ very own. In this way, the originally materially-bound background concept of media can be expanded. Also, sounds and gestures or designs performed with the body or the hands (speech, music, gestures, and images), which are not classically considered media, can be  included.  That  is  because  multimodal  communication  is  also  possible  through  their  respective specific structural conditions or sign systems. Thus, essential for the concept of multimodality, besides the  specific  addressing  of  the  senses,  is  the  respective  mode  or  dynamic  side  of  (communicative) meaning processing via signs (Schneider and Stöckl 2011). Not only, but especially for the arts, it is true  that  their  abstract  structures—modes—hardly  meet  the  claim  of  concrete  meanings  or  codes. Brushstrokes, different colors, and shapes, or gestures and sequences of tones, for example, have no concrete meaning. Instead, they prove to be fundamentally open to meaning so that compositions can  be  created  from  them  that  correspond  to  different  expressive  needs  and  statements  of  the producers. However, the cognitive processing of the modes by the recipients is also correspondingly
open because it depends on their situation and time as well as their socio-cultural preconditions. If we consider this open, dynamic side of the arts, further questions arise concerning the foundations of aesthetics in sensations (aisthēsis). Do the various perceptual stimuli evoked by the modes of the arts also have a communicative function? Are the energetic impulses received through sounds and gestures  or  through  colors  and  shapes  communicatively  relevant  with  regard  to  possible  thematic
statements of works of the arts? What consequences can be drawn from this in socio-cultural terms? To better understand the possible reaches and communication potentials (affordances) of the arts, concrete multimodal analyses are needed in addition to the theoretical proposals indicated here. For this  purpose,  this  issue  seeks  to  contribute  to  the  theme  by  soliciting contributions  that  exemplify both  the  structural  and  the  signification potential  of  artistic  works  through  multimodal  analysis.  In general,  contributions  that  clarify  how  the  structural  characteristics—the  modes—of  the  arts,  their perception, and possible meaning in terms of content interrelate and how they should be understood as communicative and thus socio-culturally relevant are very welcome.

You just need to follow the magazine’s author guidelines for information: https://artstyle.international/author-guidelines/ and submit your extended essay or scholarly article of minimum 3,000 and maximum 5,500 words for evaluation to editorial@artstyle.international. We will get back to you with acceptance or nonacceptance feedback after the reviewers have evaluated your contribution. If your submission is accepted, we will inform you about the publication schedule.

Email address for contribution:
editorial@artstyle.international

Deadline
Deadline for submission: 28 February, 2022
Expected date of publication: 30 June, 2022

Contact Info: 

Art Style | Art & Culture International Magazine: artstyle.international/

Martina Sauer (Senior Editor, Institute for Image and Cultural Philosophy: https://www.bildphilosophie.de/en-gb) and
Christiane Wagner (Editor-in-Chief, University of São Paulo: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3445-1446)