The Greek word ‘parergon’ signifies an addendum to a work, something that supports a work like a frame supports a picture, or like a title helps to identify and interpret a poem. While initially merely an add-on to the original work, the parergon has the potential to significantly impact on the perception and reception of the original.
TEXT/IMAGE PARERGON – the first thematic space of KOKO – The Next Generation Journal – explores potentials and challenges in the relations of scriptorial and pictorial signs. How do text and image respectively frame an artefact? Does the combination of both constitute an extended value or merely a supplementary by-product that primarily appeals to the visual and other senses? Questions like these are explored in an initial set of academic conversations, through the proceedings of a dedicated conference and in image-cum-text essays by researchers working on and across the boundaries of scholarly research and creative production.
Peter BENZ, Nils RÖLLER
Johanna DRUCKER, Barbara ELLMERER, David FINKELSTEIN, Daniel IRRGANG, Clemens JAHN, Bhanu KAPIL, Vera KASPAR, Dominique NEUWIRTH, Leila PEACOCK, Nils RÖLLER, WE ARE PUBLICATION, Michael WHITTLE, and Catarina ZIMMERMANN-HOMEYER.
Proceedings: Distancing – Contemporary Art in Reciprocity with Philosophy
Hosted on 16 May 2019 at the Kunstraum Kreuzlingen (CH) by the Zürich University of the Arts the symposium was set to explore the iconography of philosophical texts – in particular the imagery of Lady Philosophy as first introduced into philosophical tradition by the late antique writer Boethius (477–524) in his work The Consolation of Philosophy (approx. 524). The juxtaposition of medieval thinking, its articulation in illuminations, and in return their impact as challenge for contemporary creative practices, highlighted the need to investigate the mostly unquestioned principal opposition between immaterial thoughts and materialized images.