Semiotics and the Practices of Looking (GDA Y2)


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Semiotics and the Practices of Looking (GDA Y2)

  1. 1. Practices of LookingSeeing:• Something we do all the time.• “Did you see John at the weekend?”• “Have you seen that new film”• “Has anybody seen my marbles”Looking:• Involves more purpose.• Negotiate social relationships and meanings.• Relationship of power – if something makes you „look‟ or think a certain way, it becomes powerful.• Do you think that print adverts / graphics are powerful? How? Why?
  2. 2. Practices of LookingMimesis:• The concept that representations of our world (paintings, photographs, film) are accurate imitations.Social constructivism:• The concept that we learn about the world through representations.Consider this:• How do you know the Arctic is cold?• How do you think people consider Manchester?• What are Americans like?• What does the moon look like?
  3. 3. Practices of Looking How do you know the Arctic is cold?
  4. 4. Practices of LookingHow do you think people consider Manchester?
  5. 5. Practices of Looking What are American people like?
  6. 6. Practices of Looking What does the moon look like?
  7. 7. Practices of Looking Viewers make meaning…• Look at the below picture. What do you see? Why might individual people look at this picture differently?
  8. 8. Practices of Looking ‘This is not a pipe’
  9. 9. Practices of Looking Ideologies• System of beliefs that exist with in all cultures.• Shared set of values.• Inform our every day lives.• Subtle yet powerful.• Beauty, gender roles, sexuality, morality are all ideologies.Task• You will each be allocated a word.• You must create a visual mood board for each word.• Consider the general ideas surrounding your word and find images that you associate with that word.
  10. 10. Practices of Looking LOVE
  11. 11. Practices of Looking NAZI
  12. 12. Practices of Looking LIFE
  13. 13. Practices of Looking POVERTY
  14. 14. Practices of Looking SAFETY
  15. 15. Practices of Looking HEART• Think of words that you associate with the heart…
  16. 16. Practices of Looking• Denotation: Accurate to what we are seeing. The literal meaning of something• Connotation: Something that we associate with a word or image. Something that an image or a word represents.• Think about the genres we discussed last week and the typical traits of each one.• Horror – night time, knives, upside down crucifix• Rom Coms – Hugh Grant, flowers, holding hands• Comedy – Jim Carrey, trips, eccentric people• Action – Muscles, guns, explosions
  17. 17. Practices of Looking SIGNSSignifier: Image or Signified: Meaningsound Sign: Thought or action
  18. 18. Practices of Looking SIGNSSignifier: Yellow Signified: Caution /triangle with dangerexclamation markin middle Sign: Go steady!
  19. 19. Practices of Looking SIGNS IN FILMSignifier Signified(denotation): (Conotation): Horror,White mask and bad person negativeblack cloak Sign: BE SCARED!
  20. 20. Practices of Looking TASK: Print advert analysis• Pick a print advert and write a short 500 report on it using the theories and analysis strategies discussed this morning.• Consider; connotations, denotations, signs, social constructivism and ideologies.• For example, if you see a slender female in the advert, consider ideologies and the way the notion of modern beauty has been socially constructed.
  21. 21. Practices of Looking Seminar Questions• What is the difference between „seeing‟ and „looking‟?• „Looking involves a relationship of power…‟ How does relate to your own practice and how can you make some „look‟ at your work?• What is „social constructionism‟ and do you believe our understanding of the world is constructed through it?• „We live in an image-saturated society…‟ Is this positive of negative?
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