Ambiguities [Postgraduate Conference & Exhibition, University of Kent]

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Dos imágenes participan de ‘Ambiguities’, conferencia de post-graduados y exposición organizada por la University of Kent. Éste es el programa y éste el brochure en PDF.

Destabilising Preconceptions
The University of Kent, School of European Culture and Languages and Skepsi editorial board are pleased to show visual contributions for an exhibition to be held on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd of May 2009.

Every day we encounter ambiguous situations; unclear signals; indecipherable messages. Some of them pass unnoticed, other produce mere misunderstandings, whereas many deeply disturb us. The act of interpreting polysemous signs results in a proliferation and a diffusion of meaning. What is the effect of such a process on human beings? How is the process of subjectification affected by this constitutional interpretative ambiguity?
Arguably, language is the privileged space in which ambiguities playfully and successfully disturb our desire to decipher something we assume to be consistent in meaning. But the uncanniness and the anguish of the ambiguities which arise may also destabilise our preconceived conceptions. This destabilisation could result in questioning ones own perception. To which extent do we need to disambiguate reality in order to protect our sanity? Does an ambiguous message lure the receiver into a maze in which the promeneur gets lost? Is reality tout court an ambiguous message?
Ambiguous artworks and their attributes such as undecidability, textual plurisignation, word plays, disruptive dynamics between connotation and denotation, are only some of the themes we wish to explore during our conference.

On the occasion of the conference a Visual Exhibition on the same theme (‘Ambiguities’) will be organised at the University of Kent. x.html



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