Vol. 5 No. 2 (2012): Il verso dell’immagine

Editoriale - Per il verso giusto: destra/sinistra, alto/basso, davanti/dietro nell'immagine

Published 2012-10-16


  • Iconic space,
  • Orientation,
  • Above/below,
  • Right/left

How to Cite

Barale, A., & Pinotti, A. (2012). Editoriale - Per il verso giusto: destra/sinistra, alto/basso, davanti/dietro nell’immagine. Aisthesis. Pratiche, Linguaggi E Saperi dell’estetico, 5(2), 3–9. https://doi.org/10.13128/Aisthesis-11478


Things are not the same when, even remaining the same, they are placed on the right or on the left, above or below, in front or behind. In the concrete space of our daily experience, in the space of myths and religions, we are not confronted with a neutral, homogeneous, infinite and isotropic spatiality, indifferent to directions. On the contrary, the possibility of a meaningful movement in space, rooted in my own body and in its praxis (as Kant shows in his pre-critical and critical essays devoted to the space regions and to orientation), is assigned to the three main axes (above/below, right/left, front/behind) and their correspondent differences. The same applies for the space of images and pictures. The present issue of “Aisthesis” aims at exploring how the articulations above/below, right/left, front/behind produce a difference – syntactic, semantic, pragmatic and symbolic – in the iconic domain, and at investigating what theoretical models can be employed in order to understand such difference.


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