A vast number of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities are interested in contemporary issues of exhibition, ranging from the history of art to archeology, philosophy, law, sociology, communications, anthropology, cultural studies, education, and design.
This special issue (number 42) of MEI, devoted to the theme of exhibition, is an invitation to think of both the production and reception of exhibitions as a communication mechanism with fundamentally “semiotic” stakes. We would like the proposed approaches to deal with current exhibition practices from a semiotic or semiological angle (both theoretical and methodological), as they are manifest in institutional or other settings. They should be attentive to observing the relationship between the potential of a collection (of contemporary art in particular, but not exclusively) and the mediation assured by exhibition(s) held in dedicated spaces (museums, art centers, etc.) and places of privilege (universities, art schools, etc.). The main focus of the issue is thus not the work of art itself, but rather the means of communication (human, material, spatial, temporal, etc.) used to disseminate, make known, promote, and/or interpret a given collection, artist, area of knowledge, or concept.
Under the direction of Nanta Novello Paglianti & Eléni Mitropoulou :
CONTACT THE DIRECTORS OF THE ISSUE
– Nanta Novello Paglianti : nanta.novello-paglianti[at] u-bourgogne [dot] fr
– Eléni Mitropoulou : eleni.mitropoulou [at] unilim [dot] fr)
Deadline : November 30, 2015