FOR AN EKPHRASTIC POETICS OF VISUAL ARTS AND REPRESENTATIONS

Doru POP


Abstract:

The essays uses the Greek term ekphrasis, as it was conceived by the rhetoric tradition of Homerid descent, and puts it into a transdisciplinary context. Ekphrasis and ekphrastic poetics is transferred into the field of contemporary arts of representation and is used mainly as a concept to describe an interpretation tool. The key question of the essay is how can we speak about cinema, photography, theater and all the other visual narrativities, without loosing significations? The author suggests that there should be a continuous conversion and reconversion of the term ekphrasis for the benefit of the the „Sister Arts”, one that allows a widere interpretation range, one that puts language and vision together. Ekphrastic poetics is a way to open the visual arts to all the new forms of expression, like the cinema of reality, visual anthropology and the urban theater representations, all of them means of translating daily life into artistic production.

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