2020-01Thematic Section
Photomontage: Between Fragmentation and Reconstruction of Experience

Abstract: In the twentieth century, due to the development of mechanical reproduction and press, photomontage became a popular means of communication – popular and diverse in its nature and methods of exploitation (considering press in Germany or in the Soviet Union and individual works of art). It is one of the cultural…

2020-01Thematic Section
Film as a Dream of the Modern Man: Interpretation of Susanne Langer’s “Note on the Film”

Abstract: The paper concerns a “Note on the Film,” a short appendix to Feeling and Form by Susanne Langer. The interpretation interweaves the Note into a larger context of Langer’s philosophical work – primarily in terms of her understanding of the dream as a lower symbolic form, to which the film is compared – as well as…

2020-01Thematic Section
The Images to Come: On Showing the Future without Losing One’s Head

Abstract: The paper discusses the possibility of a cinematic image which represents future catastrophes, while avoiding ideological entrapments and self-serving fantasies. Taking a Japanese ghost story and a brief note by Walter Benjamin as his dual starting point, the author first attempts to define the possible dangers inherent to the very idea of showing the future,…

2020-01Thematic Section
The Role of Phantasy in Relation to the Socially Innovative Potential of Filmic Experience

Abstract: The aim of my essay is to distinguish the aspects of the filmic experience that are decisive in relation to the film’s capability to sensitize the viewer to social issues in Williams’s sociology of culture. In order to do that, I will take into consideration Williams’s understanding of film as a particular medium that is connected with…

2019-04Thematic Section
An Image of Power in Transition: St. George Slaying Diocletian and the War of Images

Abstract: This essay discusses the mounted image of St. George slaying an emperor within the broader context of how and why early Christian images were transformed and adapted to the early Byzantine religious style. The representational framework of Arthur Danto’s philosophical system is used to tie together the threads of this research….

2019-04Thematic Section
Witkacy and His Doppelgängers

Abstract: The literary work of Stanisław I. Witkiewicz (Witkacy), whose world career began in the fifties of the last century, is considered today in many aspects as precursory to postmodernism. In his dramas and novels, this is manifested in the creation of characters who are internally broken up, who act like…

2019-04Thematic Section
Langer’s Logic of Signs and Symbols: Its Sources and Application

Abstract: Over the last few decades, philosopher of art Susanne K. Langer (1895-1985) has gained growing attention for her wide-ranging and innovative philosophy of mind and culture. A central element in this philosophy is her distinction between sign and symbol. In order to understand the way in which Langer draws this distinction…

2019-04Thematic Section
Between images and fromages: Lyotard on Painting’s Critical Force

Abstract: In this essay I want to focus on Jean-François Lyotard’s interpretation of Marcel Duchamp’s “The Large Glass” which I confront with Duchamp’s idea of pictorial nominalism. I invoke the main thesis from Lyotard’s important essay “Freud selon Cézanne,” to draw a line between Lyotard’s analysis of artistic experience of space in Cézanne’s work and the…

2019-04Thematic Section
“The Figure in the Carpet” as Theoretical Tool

Abstract: This study is based on the assumption that literary interpretations are explicitly or implicitly influenced by some philosophical system as a general system of thought. In this way, different literary interpretations often hide more general philosophical ideas. Nevertheless, this study tries to show that the interpretation of the given work of art…

2019-04Thematic Section
The Performative Aspects of Metaphor: The Metaphorization of Silence between Intentionality and Conventionality

Abstract: Metaphor, as is known, has been considered an expression of the creative approach of a subject to language and thinking. Metaphor enables the subject of cognition and action to establish meaning – the subject exercises semiosis not only by referring to the former convention and the situational context, but also by transforming it due to the…