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The Arts: The Empty Space Around What Is

  • August 11, 2014
  • By a2ru      
What is articulated is also a reflection of what is discarded.


Dr. Justine Cassell, former Director of the Human Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, explains what semiotician Roman Jakobson meant when he described poetry as “the process of interpolating the paradigm on the syntagm,” and how this relates to a definition of the arts. Dr. Cassell’s unique point-of-view illustrates the value of what is articulated through poetry and how what is articulated is also a reflection of what is discarded; something that resonates with all forms of inquiry.

The research videos produced for a2ru’s YouTube channel are provided courtesy of ArtsEngine at the University of Michigan, and are the products of an ongoing research project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Image of “Unspoken” by Phillip Kirk.