Contributions of the Christian Art to the Contemporary Visual Cultures
We live in an era in which everything is looked at in terms of images; as Heidegger would call it, in a world overpopulated with images. We get to the point of confusing what is real with what it represents. Deeply rooted in Western culture, the Christian artistic tradition also appears in many classifications of images. Aesthetics, on the other hand, has studied Christian art in a more classical way. However, it is necessary to extend that field to contemporary visual cultures or to the sensitive production of our times that involves the viewer’s way of observing and his relationship with the object observed. How do we read or re-read Christian images within the current cultural convulsions? What is the viewer’s relationship with them? Do Christian images alter our view of the world? What do Christian images mean for our lives? The central subject of this Conference deals with this theoretical and methodological relevance. It includes the fields of production and visual communication, fine arts, popular art, advertising, electronic images, photography, posters, caricatures, fashion, film, videos, multimedia, video art, eco art, audiovisual shows, and giant screens, including architecture and forms of active and passive recreation, among others.