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How to Do Things with Pictures

Skill, Practice, Performance

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Edited By András Benedek and Kristof Nyiri

Pictorial meaning involves not just resemblance, but also pictorial skills, pictorial acts, practices, and performance. Especially in the classroom setting, at all levels of education, it is essential to realize that teaching with pictures and learning through pictures is a practical enterprise where thinking is embedded in doing. Promoting visual learning means to be a visionary, and to take on an enormous educational challenge. But while adaptation and innovation are inevitable in a world where technological changes are rapidly and radically altering the learning environment, educational science and the everyday practice of education clearly need to retain a measure of conservatism. And any conservatism worth the name has to take account of visuality, visual thinking, and visual learning.

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Preface. Kristóf Nyíri

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John Mullarkey What Does the Cinematic Background Demonstrate? Depth of Field Thinking in André Bazin .......................................................... 129 Laura Cull An Education of Attention: The Perception of Change in Bergson and Performance .................................. 139 Daniel Irrgang Diagrammatics as a Mode between Gedankenexperiment and Thinking Medium ....................................................................................... 149 Barry Smith Diagrams, Documents, and the Meshing of Plans ............................................ 165 Gábor Palló The Tacit Image: Michael Polanyi Revisited .................................................... 181 Kristóf Nyíri Images in Conservative Education .................................................................... 191 Notes on Contributors ....................................................................................... 209 Index .................................................................................................................. 217 Preface Kristóf Nyíri The inspiration for the title of the present volume comes from J. L. Austin’s lec- tures How to Do Things with Words (1955), and Søren Kjørup’s paper “George Inness and the Battle at Hastings, or Doing Things With Pictures” (1974). I am grateful to Søren for having allowed us to use his felicitous phrase. For what the present volume focusses on is, indeed, how pictorial meaning involves not just resemblance, but also use; pictorial skills, pictorial acts, practices, performance. The volume is based on the Third Budapest Visual Learning Conference, December 7–8, 2012, organized by the Visual Learning Lab at the Department of Technical Education, Budapest University of Technology and Economics. At the conference altogether 31 papers were presented, with submissions having passed a blind peer-review process. The finished papers again underwent peer- reviewing. Ultimately, 14 papers were selected for inclusion in this volume. The volume begins with an introductory chapter by co-editor András Bene- dek. He tells the story of the...

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