The myth of interpretation — and some pretty pictures

The French philosopher and literary critic Roland Barthes developed an extension of Saussure’s semiotics that he called mythology, an apt name since ‘-ology’ technically means ‘study of’ rather than simply ‘collection.’ For Barthes, the semiological system of signifier/signified/sign was itself collectively another signifier that could be parsed, second-order, into a meta-language of myth. He gives… Read More The myth of interpretation — and some pretty pictures

The Anatomy of Excellence in Art + Fiction

Hugo Froelich created the following diagram, The Stages of Conventionalization, in 1905 for Keramic Studio Magazine. It proposes a hierarchy of representation, what’s sometimes called a mode of genre. Impressionism, for example, employs a decorative representation, whereas the fractured faces of Picasso are symbolic. (They are, after all, still recognizable as faces.) This descriptive hierarchy… Read More The Anatomy of Excellence in Art + Fiction