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REcall Venice - Exploring disciplines of visual literacy through difficult heritage

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Keywords
  • Visual Literacies
  • Architectural Environment
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Art
  • Archeology
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Difficult Heritage
  • Collective Memory
Disciplines
  • Archaeology
  • Communication
  • Design

Abstract

7th Global Conference: Visual Literacies – exploring critical Issues Authors: Name: Anna Marie Fisker Institution: Department of Civil Engineering, Aalborg University Country: Denmark Title: PhD. MAA Architect, Head of Section E-mail: [email protected] Name: Tenna Doktor Olsen Tvedebrink Institution: Department of Civil Engineering, Aalborg University Country: Denmark Title: PhD. M.Sc. Eng with specialization in Architecture, Scientific Ass. E-mail: [email protected] Name: Hans Ramsgaard Møller Institution: Department of Civil Engineering, Aalborg University Country: Denmark Title: Assistant, BSc. Eng in Architecture E-mail: [email protected] Theme: 4. Visual Literacy as an Interdisciplinary Overlap Title: REcall Venice - Exploring disciplines of visual literacy through difficult heritage According to James Elkin visual literacy is interpreted as material representations, which communicate knowledge and create insight through their visual appearance. On the background of the EU Cultural Heritage project REcall, we argue that visual literacy also can relate to interdisciplinary knowledge rooted in architectural environments. Our paper takes departure in the project REcall that seeks to formulate a new role of the architectural environment based on invigorated research on the cultural landscapes of WWI and WWII. Based on interdisciplinary workshops employing creative approaches and tools; artists, architects and archeologists question the role of architectural environments when dealing with war heritage. Today there are still traces left from WWII in the European architectural environments, traces that by visual literacy represent unpleasant memories. However, these visual literacies have shaped our environment, yet, slowly the collective memories are fading as the physical signs vanish. As time moves on, the visual literacies become merely fictive if nothing is done to preserve them, but what knowledge should be told? Our thesis is that there is a link between war memories and

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