ARTH 2220 Chapter Notes - Chapter 1-4: Roland Barthes, Visual Culture, Mimesis

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Contextual analysis: the context in which an image was made and viewed in, the intended audience for the image. Representation use of language and images to create meaning about the world around us (cid:862)the (cid:449)orld has (cid:373)ea(cid:374)i(cid:374)g a(cid:374)d (cid:272)a(cid:374) (cid:271)e see(cid:374) (cid:271)(cid:455) us through represe(cid:374)tatio(cid:374)s that sta(cid:374)d i(cid:374) for things by copying their appearance. We contruct the meaning od things through the pro(cid:272)ess of represe(cid:374)ti(cid:374)g the(cid:373)(cid:863) Mimesis a concept that originates with the greeks that defines representation as a process of mirroring or imitating the real. This approach understands the meaning of things are constructed through systems of representation, and they, in effect, help to construct our experience of the material world for us. For example: in science studies social constructionists examine the social factors (class, gender, ideology, work practice) that influence knowledge and the facts in laboratory experimentation. Still life painting is a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically common place objects ex.

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