This book uncovers how we make meaning of abstraction, both historically and in present times, and examines abstract images as a visual language.
The contributors demonstrate that abstraction is not primarily an artistic phenomenon, but rather arises from human beings’ desire to imagine, understand and communicate complex, ineffable concepts in fields ranging from fine art and philosophy to technologies of data visualization, from cartography and medicine to astronomy.
The book will be of interest to scholars working in image studies, visual studies, art history, philosophy and aesthetics.
Table of Contents
Should Abstract Images Have Their "own" Iconology?
1. Why Pictures are Signs? The Semiotics of (Non)Representational Pictures
Part 1: History and Theory of Abstraction
2. The Founding of Abstraction: Wilhelm Worringer and the Avant-Garde
3. The Iconology of Malevich’s Suprematist Crosses
4. Literality and Non-Referentiality in the Abstraction of Objecthood
5. Representational Abstract Pictures
6. What is Abstraction in Photography?
PART 2: Philosophy of Abstraction
7. Abstraction and Transperceptual SpacePaul Crowther
8. The Visualization of Temporality in the Abstract Paintings of Barnett Newman
9. Rethinking Abstraction Post-Phenomenologically: Michel Henry and Henri Maldiney
PART 3: Redefining Abstraction—Analog vs. Digital
10. Visual Music and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde Synesthaesia to Digital Technestaesia
11. Ecology and Climatology in Modern Abstract Art
12. Digital Abstraction: Interface between Electronic Media Art and Data Visualization
13. Towards a Transsensorial Technology of Abstraction (Ekstraction)
Clemens C. Finkelstein
14. Digital Landscapes of the Internet: Glitch Art, Vaporwave, Spectacular Cyberspace
PART 4: Abstraction in Science and Technology
15. The Material Site of Abstraction: Grid-based Data Visualisation in Brain Scans
16. Reference and Affect: Visual Abstraction in Computation and the Neurosciences
17. Reality Effect of (Abstract) Maps in Post-Digital Era
18. Visualizing the End of Visibility: M87* Event-Horizon Image
Krešimir Purgar is Associate Professor in the Academy of Arts and Culture at J. J. Strossmayer University, Osijek, Croatia.