Sign Systems Studies 46 (1):64-89 (2018)

Joao Queiroz
Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora
This paper presents, describes and analyses two photobooks: Palast der Republik and Domesticidades. We claim that, because of their highly iconic features, they can be regarded as epistemic artefacts since they reveal information about their objects, as well as about their own morphological properties. The analysis focuses on the kind of relations the photobooks establish with their respective objects and on the semiotic couplings that can be found in them – a type of interaction between semiotic resources. We contextualize this analysis in relation to both a semiotic and an intermedial background.Further, we claim that the epistemic role of such artworks is directly related to their material and structural features that constrain the possibilities of manipulation and reasoning upon them. We conclude by presenting some of the information that was revealed by the manipulation of these photobooks, claiming that the semioticartefactual approach to models can be an epistemically interesting conceptual frame to thinking about artistic artefacts.
Keywords Contemporary Philosophy  Language and Literature  Semiotics
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ISBN(s) 1406-4243
DOI 10.12697/sss.2018.46.1.03
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