Perspectivizations (C-4-2)

Research project

Johanna Fabricius aimed in this research project at developing an explanatory model for the representations of spatial objects and perspectival configurations within complex two-dimensional compositions in Greek and Roman pictorial art, i.e. vase paintings, mosaics, wall paintings, and reliefs.

Thanasis Georgakopoulos investigated the different meanings associated with body part lexemes in Ancient Greek and Latin and analysed the underlying motivations for the observed associations. Greek and Roman art was taken into account for certain semantic connections in the semantic domain of body parts.

Near and Far (C-4-1)

Research project

In textual and visual narratives space is often used to create a story or to convey a meaning. The art of the Middle and Neo-Assyrian Empire (ca. 1300-612 BC) offers an interesting case for studying the use of space in pictorial narratives as a firm element of the political propaganda. Hence, the aim of this research project was not to analyze space as an abstract compositional element of visual representations but as narrative element related to royal discourses and historical events.

Pictorial Constructions of Space(s) (C-4)

Research Group

The goal of the research group was to apply a diachronic perspective and a comparative-culture approach to the study of the construction of space through pictures. AT A GLANCE 12 Researchers 5 Research Projects 2 Dissertation Projects 28 Publications 6 Events 5 Cooperating partners The group began with the fundamental questions under what historical conditions […]

Ctesiphon (C-3-1)

Research project

Within the Excellence Cluster Topoi, the researchers in this project developed an exhibition on Ctesiphon to show that the existing culture did not “simply come to an end” and that the new culture emerged from nothing. Cooperating partners were the Museum für Islamische Kunst – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the German Archaeology Institute (DAI), the University of Applied Sciences (HTW), the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU) and the Institute for Museum Research – Staatliche Museen.

Fragments, Ruins, and Space (C-3)

Research Group

Archaeologists uncover ruins, single out individual phases and create new conceptions of ancient spaces through restoration, description and reconstruction. In descriptions and travelogues, authors have devised and recorded conceptions of ancient spaces that, although possibly based on ancient sources, nevertheless introduce new ways of looking at ancient ruins. AT A GLANCE 23 Researchers 5 Research […]

Deixis and Frames of Reference (C-1)

Research Group

Research group C-1 focused on the phenomenon of perspectivation in language, text and graphical communication systems (e.g. pictorial narratives, text-image complexes). The concept of perspective in linguistics refers to abstract cognitive processes involving, among other things, the knowledge base shared with the addressee, and the way in which the speaker directs the listener’s attention. AT […]