Ongoing Research Project:
The Dialog of the Signifiers -
Reflecting upon the Various Arts by Means of an Aesthetic of Intermediality
- This page serves to present and document the research project The Dialog of the Signifiers - Reflecting upon the Various Arts by Means of an Aesthetic of Intermediality, Principal Investigator Claudio Cifuentes Aldunate, Dr. Phil in Latin American Literature, Université de Fribourg, Schweiz; Master in Latin American Literature, Universidad de Concepción, Chile; Bachelor in Language and Literature, Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile. He is Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at the Institute for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark.
From "News" 10-07-2014:
NEWS: JULY 2014
Exams are now over and summer is finally upon us at Danish universities. Here at soundmusicresearch.org we continue our series of features on the people and projects within the research program The Performances of Everyday Living. In this NEWS update, we highlight the work of Claudio Cifuentes Aldunate and report about other goings on within the research program:
The Dialog of the Signifiers: Reflecting upon the Various Arts by Means of an Aesthetic of Intermediality
My research interest is mainly focused on the experience of aesthetic enjoyment and its understanding. This understanding arises from the analysis of the components of the aesthetic object - its semic units - together with an analysis of the additive processes involved in forming the sense of the object. This process appeals to the perceptual subjectivity experienced when encountering the artistic phenomenon. We could call this a semio-aestetic approach. The analytical procedure is performed textually, intertextually and intermedially. The signifiers’ dance moves from literature to music, from music to its performance space (architecture), from music to its bodily reaction (movement, dance). This drift has led me through the musicality of language, encountering the dialogue between the words and the music of which they are part (e.g. the tango and its dysphoria, dancing the absence, moving with sadness, i.e. to make sublime the pathos of the everyday).
These reflections have resulted in papers about the body and its meaning, the tango as a multimodal phenomenon of music, lyric and dance, as well as a lecture on the sublime in a particular dialogue between literature, music and architecture.
As with the other projects being carried out by core members of The Performances of Everyday Living, Claudios ongoing project will be documented on the webpage available via the button at the top of the entry page at www.soundmusicresearch.org.
The interview with Vitus Vestergaard (see HERE) in Videnskab.dk appeared on July 3 and can be read HERE - in Danish.
There one can also read comments by Christian Mosbæk Johannessen, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Language and Communication, SDU (Centre for Human Interactivity & Centre for Multimodal Communication). Christian has recently joined The Performances of Everyday Living as an Affiliated Member, and we are very pleased to welcome Christian to our research group!
In addition to the interview in Videnskab.dk, an interview with Vitus Vestergaard was aired on Danish Radio station DR3 during the morning of July 7. You can hear it (in Danish) HERE at 2:08:40 (2 hours, 8 minutes and 40 seconds into the program).
More July news will appear here shortly. . . .
Project-related seminars with Claudio Cifuentes Aldunate:
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 3:15-5 p.m. in U73
The Religious Sublime in Music, Literature and Architecture
Claudio Cifuentes-Aldunate. Dr. Phil in Latin American Literature, Université de Fribourg, Schweiz; Master in Latin American Literature, Universidad de Concepción, Chile; Bachelor in Language and Literature, Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile. He is Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at the Institute for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark.
Abstract: In this presentation I will attempt to indicate the semiotic aspect that produces the ”religious-sublime”. (I am convinced that there are many modalities of the sublime). Most of the semiotic characteristics that we use to represent (and produce) the signifiers of the religious-sublime nevertheless share their mechanisms with other modalities of ”sublimeness”. The sublime will be regarded as the representation (in the sense of staging) of a perception. I will demonstrate how this subjective perception – in this case ”of the divinity” - is (re)constructed by the subject in a piece of Spanish Gothic literature, in sacred music and in architecture – the room which houses the subjective perception of the divinity.
Audience participation via Skype is also welcome.
Poster available as pdf-file HERE.
Thursday, September 8, 2011, 2:15-4 p.m. in U73.
Lyrikken og betydning i tangoens poesi
Claudio Cifuentes-Aldunate, Lektor i spansk ved ILKM, SDU
Tangoen er mere end en dans. Den er et komplekst kulturelt fænomen bestående af lyriske, musikalske og dansrelaterede aspekter. Af disse tre kunstneriske manifestationer i tangoen er det poetiske aspekt særdeles interessant.
I denne præsentation vil jeg principielt fokusere på det betydningsmæssige i tangoens lyrik, med speciel opmærksomhed på de mange sem, der konstant gentager sig omkring isotopien “melankoli”.
Resultat af denne kombination (dans, musik og lyrik) bygger på paradokset “at danse tristheden”.
Nøgleord: Dans, rytme, lyrik, klassisk og moderne tango, aspekter af tangoens evolution.
Poster for the seminar available HERE.
Abstract in English:
Lyric and meaning in tango’s poetry, Associate Professor of Spanish, Literature, Media and Cultural Studies, University of Southern Denmark
More than just a dance, tango is a cultural phenomenon of great complexity, as it comprehends poetry, music and dance all in one. Of the three manifestations of tango, its poetry is of special interest.
The present talk will focus on the significance of poetry in tango. Special attention will be given to some of the particular “semas” that concentrate around the isotopy of melancholy.
The result of this combination (dance, music and poetry) constructs the paradox which rests in “dancing the sadness” of life.
Key words: Dance, rhythm, poetry, classic and modern tango, aspects of the evolution of tango.
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