Art, Images and Cultural Globalisation.
- What is it that supports an image's circulation ?
- How can the circulation of an image contribute to a globalisation of culture ?
- Is there a tendency for certain countries to dominate this circulation phenomena?
How does the circulation and dissemination of images take place on a global scale? Is the flow heterogeneous? Is certain imagery indicative of a specific location or culture? The vast quantity and variety of printed matter, art magazines and other propaganda journals testify to a phenomenon of movement on a global scale. Visual contagions, linking one iconography to another, allow the establishment of visual block busters leading to an international reflection.
These are the enigmas that this project aims to answer by working on digitised illustrated printed material from the period 1890 and 1990, before the Internet. The images retrieved from these periodicals, catalogues and posters will be matched and analysed via matching and pattern comparison algorithms. The goal of the project is, from the spatio-temporal quantitative analysis of images that are similar to each other but that were produced at different dates, to the close, traditional study of images and archives in context, to better understand "visual contagions" (or more precisely, the spatio-temporal circulation of styles, motifs, themes - etc., since the 19th century).
through the Lens of
Symposium for the
Visual Contagions project,
September 13-15 2021,
University of Geneva, Switzerland.