The Visual Imagination: Across Boundaries
Imagination has more than often been conceived of as an art of forming mental images,particularly in relation to objects and phenomena not completely perceived in reality. But if imagination resorts to images then does not the notion of the visual imagination imply a sense of redundancy? If, on the other hand, the word "visual" refers us to the sphere of sensory perception then how can we utilize the sense of sight to arrive at a realistic representation of illusion? In what sense then are images visual and in what sense are they imaginary?
These and similar questions, concerning the concept of imagination, the role of visual representation, or the use of images, have been addressed by artists and art theorists throughout the world. As a creative force, imagination has been integral in understanding individual artistic endeavours, seen as a key concept in aesthetics and art theory. And since art is a form of cultural expression, it is only natural to expect the visual imagination to abound in cultural connotations.
This conference seeks to explore the connections between the visual forms of artistic expression and the concept of creative imagination across cultures. Suggested areas of inquiry may include (but by no means have to be limited to) the following:
• fine art / installation art / multimedia art / performance art / interactive art
• photography / digital photography
• film / video / television
• comic books / graphic novels
• art theory / aesthetics / philosophy
• visual representation in the arts
• visual imagination in literature
Abstracts of papers 150-300 words and panel sessions 300-500 words in English, accompanied by a brief bio-note in English of the presenter(s) with contact information for the lead person should be made to the conference organizers.
The deadline for submission for international presentations is April 30, 2010. All submissions will be carefully reviewed and notification of results will be made within two weeks of receipt. Domestic proposals will be considered until May 30, 2010.
All proposals should be submitted to the conference organizers at
For more information about the conference please visit ACSA web pages on the Graduate School of English website at http://www.gse.au.edu.