4th Asian Cultural Studies Association (ACSA) Conference on The Visual Imagination: Across Boundarie (ACSA 2010)

Venue: Assumption University Hua Mak Campus

Location: Bangkok, Thailand

Event Date/Time: Nov 01, 2010 End Date/Time: Nov 03, 2010
Registration Date: Nov 03, 2010
Early Registration Date: Oct 01, 2010
Abstract Submission Date: Jun 15, 2010
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Imagination has more than often been conceived of as an art of forming mental images, particularly in relation to objects and phenomena not completely perceived in reality. But if imagination resorts to images then does not the notion of the visual imagination imply a sense of redundancy? If, on the other hand, the word “visual” refers us to the sphere of sensory perception then how can we utilize the sense of sight to arrive at a realistic representation of illusion? In what sense then are images visual and in what sense are they imaginary?

These and similar questions, concerning the concept of imagination, the role of visual representation, or the use of images, have been addressed by artists and art theorists throughout the world. As a creative force, imagination has been integral in understanding individual artistic endeavours, seen as a key concept in aesthetics and art theory. And since art is a form of cultural expression, it is only natural to expect the visual imagination to abound in cultural connotations. This conference seeks to explore the connections between the visual forms of artistic expression and the concept of creative imagination across cultures. Suggested areas of inquiry may include (but by no means have to be limited to) the following:

fine art / installation art / multimedia art / performance art / interactive art / photography / digital photography / film / video / television / comic books / graphic novels / art theory / aesthetics / philosophy / visual representation in the arts / visual imagination in literature


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