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« Au seuil de perception : Figures secrètes, figures inclassables »

23 août 2011 - 9th international conference IAWIS/AIERTI
Emilie Granjon, Postdoctoral researcher of GEMCA, Centre d’Analyse Culturelle de
la Première Modernité.
Université catholique de Louvain, Belgique.

Montréal, Québec.

When imagination is engaged in so peculiar fields as are those of the secret (cryptological, hermetic or hidden images) and the “unclassifiable” (images of the margin, the transition and the subliminal), how does it manage to body them forth and represent them? How does “the dynamic process of representation of the problematic contact point of the sensitive and the intelligible, the visible and the invisible, the physical and the spiritual” function? While the plastic dimension (analysis of the pictorial or sculptural matter) and the iconic dimension (the figurative) determine the axis of representation, the hermeneutic dimension (metaphor, symbol, metonymy, emblem, hieroglyphic) defines the axis of interpretation. Considering the idea according to which the figurative process is governed by the interactions between knowledge (cognitive aim), faith (aims of the faith) and action (pragmatics aim), considering the fields of figurability mentioned above and considering that these fields pertain to language play, it will be expedient to reflect on the strategies that encrypt the secret and unclassifiable figures as well as the perceptivo-cognitive mechanisms engaged in their representation.

We can approach the question of the secret figurability through different points of view: the defining point of view, reception theories, reading theories and also imagination theories.


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