Valeria Giardino

Pictorial and Diagrammatic Representation: special issue of RPP

In Of interest on February 23, 2015 at 4:19 pm

The special issue of The Review of Philosophy and Psychology, edited by me and Gabriel Greenberg, is finally out.


You can have a look at it at the following link:

I copy and paste the abstract of our Introductory chapter:

This introduction aims to familiarize readers with basic dimensions of variation among pictorial and diagrammatic representations, as we understand them, in order to serve as a backdrop to the articles in this volume. Instead of trying to canvas the vast range of representational kinds, we focus on a few important axes of difference, and a small handful of illustrative examples. We begin in Section 1 with background: the distinction between pictures and diagrams, the concept of systems of representation, and that of the properties of usage associated with signs. In Section 2 we illustrate these ideas with a case study of diagrammatic representation: the evolution from Euler diagrams to Venn diagrams. Section 3 is correspondingly devoted to pictorial representation, illustrated by the comparison between parallel and linear perspective drawing. We conclude with open questions, and then briefly summarize the articles to follow.


A special thank goes to Gabe, for his competence and for the fun. It was a pleasure working with him and I hope that there will be new occasions to collaborate.

I also thank to Paul Egré, who has always been present and helpful.

It is nice to see the product of so much work.

Enjoy! (I recommend all the papers in the issue)


Mangrovia Design Collective

In Infos on October 13, 2014 at 2:35 pm

This is to introduce you to Mangrovia, a very interesting website that was born from the exchanges of ideas between two friends, Roberto Casati, a philosopher based in Paris, and Goffredo Puccetti, a professional designer who is now teaching visual arts in NYU Abu Dhabi.

Good and, even more interestingly!, bad design can tell us many things both about our cognition and about our way of using icons or typefaces in different context for many different purposes.

Here you find a recent post in response to a question I asked Goffredo devoted to the tension between beauty and accessibility in signage.

If anyone knows any good or bad design that is worth to share with me or with them… do not hesitate!

Morphing Castalia

In Infos, Of interest on October 1, 2014 at 10:42 am
September 29 – October 4 2014, Paris

Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers

Glass Bead is a journal and a research platform concerned with transferals of knowledge across art, science and philosophy, as well as their practical and political dimensions. Prior to its launch in 2015, Glass Bead is undertaking a year of inquiry in the form of an audio research program and a series of public events. Launched in New York in April 2014, this inquiry is pursued this autumn in Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers.

The world imagined by Hermann Hesse in The Glass Bead Game (Das Glasperlenspiel, 1943) located the possibility of synthesizing all forms of knowledge in a game played by a group of intellectuals settled in Castalia, a fictional province of central Europe secluded from the world and its historical and political vicissitudes. Considering Castalia as an equivocal image of the modern project of knowledge synthesis, this week of residency at Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers will investigate how new synthetic methods in mathematics, such as diagrammatic logic and category theory, have radically transformed the space of reason and opened possibilities for navigating between heterogeneous and increasingly specialized epistemic sites.

Through a series of public events, workshops and interviews, this week will unfold as an exploration of these methods, their impact on contemporary natural and cultural sites, and their consequences for art practices.


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