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Imagining Images. Seven problems

James Elkins, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Keywords: visual studies, bildwissenschaft, images, imagination.


The following text is the transcript of the keynote held at the IMG2017 conference at the Faculty of Education of the Free University of Bozen, on November 27, 2017 in Brixen campus, on a video plenary session. Seven problems are presented to define some stable points and some perspective to outline a theory of images.
The seven problems are:
1. Why it may be a good thing that few people know what image is.
2. What is not an image?
3. Aesthetics and politics.
4. Do images have a nature?
5. The madness of cassifying images.
6. The limits of scholarships’ attention to detail.
7. The materiality of image.

How to cite as an article
Elkins, J. (2019). Imagining Images. Seven Problems. img journal, 1(1), 13-33.

How to cite as a contribution in book
Elkins, J. (2019). Imagining Images. Seven Problems. In A. Luigini, C. Panciroli (Eds.) img journal 01/2019 Manifesto, 14-33. ISBN 9788899586096

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Issue 01

Oct 2019


Edited by:
Alessandro Luigini
Chiara Panciroli

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Pages: 345
ISBN: 9788899586096

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