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There's a high-rent word for the study of this subject, "semiotics," or the use of symbols — of which "semantics," the meaning of words, is a part. But you don't need a Ph.D. in semiotics to know when you're being bamboozled. Chan Lowe is the deputy editorial page editor of The Eagle and a syndicated ...
It's true that everything in Westworld is code—artificial, semiotic, programmed, significant. In the first season, the audience was introduced to an adult playground, populated with fleshy androids designed for human gratification. As the hosts gained sentience and found a path to liberation, they became ...

This year's Igue Festival in Benin City, the Edo State capital, is to boosted with the hosting of a second-leg travelling art exhibition, workshop, performance art and presentation of art journal in the ancient city in December. The project, which theme is: Benin iconography/semiotics: Uhunmwen whe ...
New York-based painter Sarah Morris says her Sawdust and Tinsel expo explores the "semiotics of capital and power structures" and "unapologetic appropriation of corporate iconography, Warholian pop and minimalist seriality." Despite the dire retro jargon, her work is lively and engaging. A keen ...
Academics have long studied the hypotheses, challenges and semiotic models of Ferdinand de Saussure (a French philosopher and linguist ... of cultural myths and values, and analysis of semiotics within the frame of feeling, fact and imagination), Michel Foucault (a social theorist of knowledge, power and ...
“I wanna make something like that,” Evan Stephens Hall of Pinegrove tells Pitchfork, referencing The Sound and the Fury, Ulysses and The Crying of Lot 49 “— a love album about semiotics, or a semiotics album about love.” Harmless, it seems. His “&” EP investigates a lone character, the ampersand, ...

The itinerary of BJP national president Amit Shah, who will be on a two-day visit to Mysuru–Chamarajanagar–Mandya–Ramanagaram belt in Old Mysore region from Friday, has two significant appointments besides a series of meetings with party functionaries and visits to mutts and major temples.
It is one of those days you don't know how best to broach a topic. It is particularly so in a something as tacky as defecation. One day Hardball shall interrogate this matter of excrement; this singular equalizer of all men, nay all animals. Pooing knows no tribe or race, gender or class … you would simply be in ...
“Vital Signs” reflects Tilahun's multidisciplinary practice in sculptural installation, video art, drawing, and painting, linked by consistent semiotic concerns. At the heart of his work are traces of both the cutting edge and the long arc of history. “Vital Signs,” which closes March 11, was curated by Meskerem ...
Distant trumpets haunt the instrumentation of this song, as the vocals linger through soft echo effects. “Where the Shadows Go” instrumentally effects a conversation with a ghost, vocals and distant brass instruments in a conversational call and response—one language semiotic, the other otherworldly.
I believe it was done as a cynical gambit when it was politically expedient, as a way to paint the protesting demographic as “the other,” to put the protesters at the center of this weird semiotic cluster of European, Jewish, American, gay, godless, all the bad things. In order to make that stick, Russia, with its ...
Contemporary digital devices are particularly focused not on their utilitarian or semiotic value, but rather on user experience (UX). Such devices facilitate a variety of experiences, such as conversing with artificial intelligence, entering virtual reality with VR, or overlaying the virtual on top of reality with AR.
Brand design agency Vault49 unveils its design for limited edition Baileys Strawberries & Cream just in time for Valentine's Day. The New York agency used a design approach that married the indulgent flavor semiotics of strawberries and cream with widely loved seasonal cues of spring, bringing Baileys to the front of the ...
Simply put, semiotics is the study of meaning-making. This field focuses mostly on signs and symbols and what they communicate to the outside world. We all understand that a red hand means “stop,” a skull and crossbones means “danger” and a heart symbol means “love.” Semiotics examines how these ...
Soapbox is a weekly series delivering a curated set of lectures, talks and symposia concerning contemporary themes but explored through the archives of lectures past and present. With the plethora of lectures, talks, symposia and panels occurring world wide on a daily basis, how can we begin to keep up ...
“The statement at the moment is so waves, as hair's own no-makeup look,” he continues. “It's saying, 'Look, I'm so perfect I don't even have to try.' There is a uniformity to it, and the goal is somewhat perfection. Not eclecticism, not individuality.” How did we get there? How did we reach peak coif semiotics?
Andrew Robinson (God and the World of Signs) cannot prove that C.S. Peirce drew inspiration for his semiotic pattern of Firstness, Secondness, and Thirdness from Trinitarian theology. But Robinson is struck by the parallels between Peircean semiotics and Trinitarian theology. For starters, he points to ...

As part of its effort to grow its female readership, the publisher started conducting research with semiotics and language analysis research firm Ipsos Connect last June. This research, led by a global team of 16 women across The Economist's marketing, advertising, product and editorial departments, ...
Semiotic violence can take the form of sexualized images or sexist language designed to make women appear incompetent or incapable of holding a political position. Though violence and harassment against women in politics is not a new phenomenon, Krook pointed out that it is beginning to draw the ...
So here's an attempt at a semiotic analysis of Oscars 2018. The thought preying on the Academy's mind this year seems to have been “inclusion”. Introducing the award for production design, Lupita Nyong'o (of Kenyan stock) and Kumail Nanjiani (Pakistan) made a sharp appeal on behalf of “dreamers”, ...
In Get Out, a semiotic analysis reveals what makes the work so impactful. Metaphor, a device wielded liberally by Peele, requires a commitment to lexical fluidity on the part of the viewer. That is, one must discard one's previous understanding of symbols to appreciate the meaning behind Peele's metaphors.
I believe it was done as a cynical gambit when it was politically expedient, as a way to paint the protesting demographic as “the other,” to put the protesters at the center of this weird semiotic cluster of European, Jewish, American, gay, godless, all the bad things. In order to make that stick, Russia, with its ...
Contemporary digital devices are particularly focused not on their utilitarian or semiotic value, but rather on user experience (UX). Such devices facilitate a variety of experiences, such as conversing with artificial intelligence, entering virtual reality with VR, or overlaying the virtual on top of reality with AR.
Not to get all heavy, but I think fashion labels, logos and brands essentially bring the ideas of semiotics and Roland Barthes to our bodies and our everyday world, through the commercial commodification of a sign we wear as an identity. The best fashion labels make you look good and make you look ...
This is a perfect semiotic representation of the necessary smallness of the past and the inevitable bigness of the future. Normalising race relations for a better South Africa will require readjusting the white mind and fixing the black mind. To say the rear-view mirror is smaller than the windscreen is not to ...
(For more details, read WARC's report: The semiotics of butter: how Valio launched a premium brand.) ... Working with agency 1HQ, Valio was able to identify where the brand might sit in a semiotic map for butter, where the existing market leaders using traditional cues fall into a “residual” category.
Simply put, semiotics is the study of meaning-making. This field focuses mostly on signs and symbols and what they communicate to the outside world. We all understand that a red hand means “stop,” a skull and crossbones means “danger” and a heart symbol means “love.” Semiotics examines how these ...
"Three Billboards" is indeed a film made for semiotic analysis, semiotics being the study of how meaning and meaningful communication is made through signs. The billboards frame the story and point to a reality beyond what you see. In theological terms, they could be said to have a sacramental function ...
For those who like the ways and means of semiotics, these are all indexical (and iconic) signs of presence: something was here; it's vanished now, but its (past) presence checked the encroachment of soot, leaving an absence that signifies like a tombstone. In the gallery you can smell this state of being in ...
The semiotic sign “fascist” has been far too used to mean anything anymore and have rhetorical impact.) Evolutionary humanism is an ideology that elides the political-economic complexities of how wealth is made and reduces our present status quo to concrete evidence of who had, and still has, the best ...
Discussing gender in terms of residual, dominant and emergent codes of culture, Emily Porter-Salmon, project director for commercial semiotics at Sign Salad, said: "Over the past 200 years or so, by and large we have still been linked to binary opposition of male and female, masculine and feminine.
... fictions—which include The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed—was to enter new worlds assembled whole from the twigs and stones and flowers she gathered up in her wide intellectual expeditions: bits of history, cultural anthropology, political theory, mythology, Taoism, semiotics, geology.
“I worked in Digital Marketing for 30 months before coming to MICA, and this is an area I'm extremely passionate about. I realise how lucky I am because not only am I studying what I love, but I'm getting an opportunity to apply those learnings in the very field that excites me. I'm looking forward to gaining a ...
Conspicuous violence is a semiotic act of great brutality where the symbolic power of violence must match the sheer physicality of the event. Unlike terror or riots, conspicuous violence need not be conducted on a collective scale. It is not demographic in that sense. As violence it has been singular, ...
John graduated from U of T with a bachelor's degree in African studies and semiotics, and then received a master's in creative writing from the University of Guelph. She has had her work exhibited at the Doris McCarthy Gallery and Oakville Galleries. From 2015 to 2017, John choreographed, performed ...
Eventually, the case takes Neith to Oxford to question a celebrated professor of semiotics, then to a foreign embassy to confront an old enemy known as the Waxman. Finally, a computer whiz shows her how, in an emergency, to contact a dark-web entity called Kraken. Despite the richness of its invention ...
By the time I sit down to write in my office, I've typically gone through several internal cycles of remission and relapse. I've probably finished my rounds in the cancer ward. Perhaps I've taught the red-eyed, exhausted overnight intern to recognise the difference between the drug rash from Amoxicillin (bright, ...
Bruce watched the footage alongside Queen Elizabeth, but he does more than just reporting—he's also one of the queen's officers of arms, and he's such an expert in the semiotics (the language of symbols) of the nation that the Buckingham Palace often calls him for input and advice. Bruce spoke to InStyle ...
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me Criterion Edition is a must-have for fans of David Lynch and Twin Peaks. The devil is in the details, quite literally, when it comes to the art packaging presentation. Fans of the show's mythology will recognize and savor every visual morsel even before inserting the single disc. The inner cover ...
My research interests lie in sport and international relations (diplomacy), sport and media communication ((post)structuralism and semiotics), and globalisation of sports. I am a founding member of the Edinburgh Critical Studies in Sport (ECSS) research group ...
The book is very much written by academics for academics, and with the best will in the world, even The National could not predict it making the best-seller list – references to “Foucauldian discourse analysis” and “semiotics” might just be a little off-putting. In his chapter Reading The National: Shifting ...
Despite limitless information, people are no longer able to distinguish between true and false, a paradox particularly alluring to Mr. Eco's field of semiotics, or meaning-making. Millennials, he says, “live in an unreal space” (in contrast to his own WWII childhood, where he once saw a woman's brains ...
When David Ives's play “Venus in Fur” opened on Broadway in 2011, Charles Isherwood of The New York Times called it a “spooky sex comedy” and “a suspense-packed study of the erotics (and the semiotics) of power.” Considering that the play's two characters are Thomas, a writer-director adapting ...
Or Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint's Probiotics of the Kitchen (2017), a video in which a woman is seen slowly and carefully preparing sauerkraut in a monochrome kitchen (a nod to Martha Rosler's seminal feminist parody, Semiotics of the Kitchen, 1975). Certainly, the metaphorical applications of ...
This past fall, the 87-year-old American artist Jasper Johns revealed plans to turn his 170-acre retreat in rural Sharon, Connecticut, into an artists' residence upon his death. Recognized as one of America's finest painters and printmakers, Johns intends to create an endowment that will allow the retreat to ...
To this end, we are rapidly moving towards a new paradigm that I like to call 'strategic design'; in other words, design rooted in a semiotic approach. Using this approach ensures that a brand's purpose is always 'strategically designed' to inform all elements of its identity and creative expression, thereby ...
So begins not the kind of realist novel Barthes loved, but a detective novel, the most openly semiotic of genres, in which everything might be a sign — or a clue. A streetwise police intelligence superintendent, Jacques Bayard, is assigned the task of finding Barthes's murderers and the missing document, ...
Studying semiotics at Brown University, Elyse Graham learned how signs and symbols communicate. When it comes to expressing herself, however, she relies on imagination, working at the confluence of art and design, particularly in resin. “The process begins with a meticulous consideration of palette,” ...
Caught in a tangled web of associations that links professional semiotics with the election of Francois Mitterand, Barthes found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time – exactly the right spot for a laundry van to plow through. The Seventh Function of Language takes the historical fact of Barthes' death and twists it into a ...
... reclaimed lumber, Koolhaas's exhibition will aim to examine the gulf between our aesthetic expectations and reality. “It's there and part of our subconscious,” he said to The New York Times. “We are at the same time ignoring yet profoundly influenced and infiltrated by the semiotics of the countryside.” ...


 

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