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Art Style, Art & Culture International Magazine 7 (2021)

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Art Style, Art & Culture International Magazine 7 (2021)
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Material Image. Affordances as a New Approach to Visual Culture Studies

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Sauer, Martina

This special issue on affordances bases on the thesis, that all natural and artificial things inhere affordances that appeal to our cognitive system, and thus invite us to look at them, perceive them, think about them, interpret them, and use them. The concept roots in the studies of the American psychologist James J. Gibson from the 1960s. According to him, "things" offer a certain range of possible activities depending on their form, time patterns, and material qualities, thus becoming part of human-thing-interactions. However, affordances can also be culturally trained. This aspect has been intensively discussed subsequently within different disciplines (e.g., Social Sciences, Design Studies). But only recently the concept has received attention in the field of Visual Culture Studies especially by archaeological scholarship.

As the articles of this special issue show, this approach is now gaining momentum in a broad range of image- and object-related disciplines. It may not surprise that the authors’ perspectives on images and objects vary widely within the issue. However, thanks to the use of affordances as a theoretical and/or methodological tool, they all contribute to fundamental questions of perceiving, receiving, understanding, as well as interpreting, and acting with sensuously present culture.



Elisabeth Günther and Martina Sauer on the special issue "Material Image: Affordances as a New Approach in Visual Culture Studies": 8–9.


Martina Sauer, “Affordance as a Method in Visual Cultural Studies Based on Theory and Tools of Vitality Semiotics”: 11–37.

Petra Leutner, “Affordances in the Field of Fashion and Clothing”: 39–51.

Klaus Schwarzfischer, “Epistemic Affordances and Active Inference in Socio-Cognitive Design”: 53–72.

Stefanie Bräuer, “Electronic Imagery in Experimental Film: The Affordances of the Oscilloscope”: 75–86.

Fabiana Senkpiel, “Food as an Art Material. Matters of Affordances and Material Images”: 89–114.

Sarah Ullrich and Katharina Geis, “Between the Extraordinary and the Everyday: How Instagram’s Digital Infrastructure Affords the (Re)contextualization of Art-Related Photographs”: 117–133.

Hans Dieter Huber, “Materiality, Embodiment and Affordance in Paul Grahams a shimmer of possibility”: 135–157.

Yael Young, “The Representation of Pointed Amphorae in Athenian Vase Paintings: an Iconographic Study”: 159–179.

Nikolaus Dietrich, “Taking Mirrors as Mirrors in Greek Archaeology”: 181–200.

Elisabeth / Sven Günther, “Contested Affordances: Ancient Roman Coins, Economic Cycles, and Changing Socio-Political Contexts”: 203–226.

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