The Visual Artefact As Site for Cross-Cultural Engagement: Making New Connections, Imagining New Possibilities

By Donna Wright.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Imagination, aesthetic perception, and the allusionary function of the visual are fundamental to our everyday life experiences. The associative qualities of visual aesthetics particularly, give them interpretive possibilities which enable us to dynamically engage with external environments on multiple semiotic levels. Visual imagery provides a critical link to making sense of the unfamiliar and to extending association to others, therefore providing practical processes to facilitate shared meaning. These fundamental attributes of visual media can provide enormous scope for creative innovation across cultures.
Using theories of creativity and cultural semiotics this
paper will provide the reader with ideas-spaces where
various visual artefacts will be momentarily placed as a way
of reaching across time and cultures to interact with our
imagination and to provide for possibilities of new
intercultural connections and understandings.

Keywords: Cultural Anthropology, Creative Arts Practice, Intercultural Communication

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.199-212. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.236MB).

Dr. Donna Wright

Academic, School of Arts, Social Sciences and Education, Highgate Hill, Queensland, Australia

Dr. Donna Wright has a Bachelor of Arts – Fine Art, Graduate Diploma in Adult Education and Training, Master of Arts (Research - Arts and Social Sciences) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Arts and Social Sciences). She has been an adult educator for 17 years, working in both the vocational and higher education sector. She has been involved in cross-cultural education and curriculum development since 1991 and currently consults on global educational design. Donna specialises in communication and creative innovation across cultures and as such her scholarship is diverse, covering visual and creative arts practice-based research, social systems theory, cultural semiotics, intercultural communication, theories of creativity, cognitive psychology, visual studies and education. Donna's interest lies in reviving the communication tools of visual and creative arts practice by placing them into positions to act as vehicles for fresh and innovative approaches to our continuing investigations into the human communicative process and its complex systems of mutual understanding.


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