#47 Digital Gesture challenging Communication

Under the direction of Pierluigi BASSO FOSSALI, Marion COLAS-BLAISE and Maria Giulia DONDERO

The present issue of M.E.I. Journal deals with the transformations caused by digital technologies in our ordinary gestures, that is in the communication field, in scientific experiments, aesthetic appreciation or in corporeal habitus.

The adjustment between the user’s “augmented” body and the various screens, interfaces, algorithmic procedures and programming languages is at the center of this issue’s inquiry. This adjustment is explored through the theory of enunciation formulated in linguistics and in semiotics, and takes into account the issues raised from discourse analysis which are at the center of Information and Communication Sciences.

The contributors of this issue take on the task a twofold challenge: analyzing the hyper contemporaneity from a critical viewpoint and examining the sensible, ergonomic and ethic dimensions of instrumental practices.

Éditorial

Pierluigi BASSO FOSSALI - Marion COLAS-BLAISE - Maria Giulia DONDEROSorry, this entry is only available in French.

Entretien

Andrea VALLESorry, this entry is only available in French.

The enunciative gesture and the nanoart : the meaning of the infinitely small

Marion COLAS-BLAISEAbstract : In the case of nanoart, a consubstantial relationship is established between the human and the machine. It is reflected by various acts building up a hybrid syntagma: an embodied act, an act of tactile recognition by the machine, an act of...

When Art touches the Microscopic world : the Haptic Image in Nanoart

Emmanuelle PELARDAbstract : Nanoart is an artistic practice which intends to experiment how representing organic matter and substance, using nanotechnology and developing an aesthetic gesture. In this creative practice, it matters to enunciate the organic matter,...

The role of machine gesturality in analyzing and viewing very large image collections

Maria Giulia DONDEROAbstract : In this article we analyze the relation between the computational work that underlies quantitative analyses of vast collections of images (Big Visual Data), as performed by Lev Manovich and the Cultural Analytics Lab in the field of Media...

Audiovisual media facing digital technology: semiotic gestures around prostheses, devices and archives

Enzo D’ARMENIOAbstract : In this article we will examine the relationship between digital technologies and the semiotic possibilities of the audiovisual forms. Starting from the study of three examples—an episode of the Black Mirror series and the movies Passion and...

Notes on Virtual Reality Cinema : immersion and distance. — Luca Acquarelli & Matteo Treleani

Luca ACQUARELLI - Matteo TRELEANIAbstract : This article aims to study the dispositif of 360 degrees cinema following approaches derived from media theory and semiotics of enunciation. The article questions this new dispositif between traditional cinema and interactive virtual reality and...

The delicacy of invention. Beyond design of control and beau geste of an electronic nature

Pierluigi BASSO FOSSALIAbstract : This paper argues that electronic technologies should escape two myths: the rigid functionalism and the beau geste. The latter seeks the perfect balance between economics, ethics and aesthetics inside the coded acts, but it could justify...

A Research in Motion: Presentation of Enunciative Gestures and Corporality in Academic Blogs

Ingrid MAYEURAbstract : From an explorative study conducted on the publications of Hypotheses, a blogging platform in the Humanities and Social Sciences, we highlight different ways of stating the actions by which the researcher develops knowledge: sensory-motor...

Gesture and speech in the digital era : which enunciation are swipe and vocal command standing for ? About enunciative gestuality in natural user interfaces. — Clotilde Chevet & Ines Garmon

Clotilde CHEVET - Inès GARMONAbstract : This article aims to explore the specifics of tactile and vocal enunciation in a digital environment, using the examples of Tinder’s swipe and Siri’s voice command. While these gestures are subjective for the user of these applications, their...

What "making videos" means. Prolegomena to semio-pragmatic analysis of youtubing

Edwin LAVALLÉEAbstract : As part of a semiotic interdisciplinary articulating « technogenetics » and « semiogenetics » principles in the definition of the gesture « to make videos », we will develop the hypothesis of a structural transformation of the subjectivizing...

Iconicity and modal meaning : emoticons, from body icons to enunciative gestures

Pierre HALTÉAbstract : Emoticons are iconic signs. They represent gestures or facial expressions and they show the speaker’s emotion. This is why, most of the time, they convey a modal meaning : they validate a propositional content in an affective or axiological way....

Mediation, design and digital gestures. Analysis of the interface Astronaut

Cédric HONBA HONBAAbstract : In this article, we consider the problem of automatic digital data processing, when mediation is programmed by a computer device. Our goal is to shed light on the theoretical notions of device and technical object, as well as their influence in...

Solid body and Leading Body: Building Meaning and Identities through Printed Text and Digital Textuality

Ugo RUIZAbstract : This article aims to show how printed and digital textuality imply two coexisting corporalities that shape the identities of individuals. First, the article explores the idea of solid body which indicates the relation that exists between...

Abstract Smartphones, social media and performative gestures

Pauline ESCANDE-GAUQUIÉAbstract :  This paper analyzes the way gestures on a smartphone are guided by the editorial enunciation – which is defined as a number of signs of the users device – of social media. It develops a reflection about the ideology that determines the use of...