1st Edition

The Hybrid Face Paradoxes of the Visage in the Digital Era

Edited By Massimo Leone Copyright 2024
    272 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This original and interdisciplinary volume explores the contemporary semiotic dimensions of the face from both scientific and sociocultural perspectives, putting forward several traditions, aspects, and signs of the human utopia of creating a hybrid face.

    The book semiotically delves into the multifaceted realm of the digital face, exploring its biological and social functions, the concept of masks, the impact of COVID-19, AI systems, digital portraiture, symbolic faces in films, viral communication, alien depictions, personhood in video games, online intimacy, and digital memorials. The human face is increasingly living a life that is not only that of the biological body but also that of its digital avatar, spread through a myriad of new channels and transformable through filters, post-productions, digital cosmetics, all the way to the creation of deepfakes. The digital face expresses new and largely unknown meanings, which this book explores and analyzes through an interdisciplinary but systematic approach.

    The volume will interest researchers, scholars, and advanced students who are interested in digital humanities, communication studies, semiotics, visual studies, visual anthropology, cultural studies, and, broadly speaking, innovative approaches about the meaning of the face in present-day digital societies.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

    1.   Masked Faces: A Tale of Functional Redeployment between Biology and Material Culture

    Marco Viola 

    2.   Contagious Faces: Coping Digitally with the Pandemic by Means of Memes

    Gabriele Marino

    3.   Uncertain Faces: An Investigation into Visual Forms for Communicating Otherness

    Cristina Voto

    4.   Simulacral Faces: A Dramaturgy in Digital Environments

    Enzo D’Armenio

    5.   Emerging Faces: The Figure-Ground Relation from Renaissance Painting to Deepfakes

    Maria Giulia Dondero

    6.   Timely Faces

    Antonio Dante Santangelo

    7.   Featureless Faces: A Film Aesthetics

    Bruno Surace

    8.   Imaginary Faces: Aliens, Monsters, and Otherness

    Remo Gramigna

    9.   Automatic Faces: The Transcendent Visage of Trans-Humanity

    Gianmarco Thierry Giuliana

    10.  Algorithmic Faces: Reflections on the Visage in Artistic Translation and Transition

    Silvia Barbotto

    11.  Dating Faces: The Facial Space of Belonging in Online (Dating) Communities

    Elsa Soro

    12.  Evanescent Faces: A Semiotic Investigation of Digital Memorials and Commemorative Practices

    Federico Bellentani

    13.  References


    Massimo Leone is Professor of Philosophy of Communication at the University of Turin; Research Director at the “Bruno Kessler Foundation”, Trento; part-time Professor of Semiotics at the University of Shanghai; associate member of Cambridge Digital Humanities; and Adjunct Professor at the UCAB University of Caracas. He is the PI of ERC Projects FACETS (2019) and EUFACETS (2022).