The confrontation of materiality and immateriality of signs: reflections on Japanese culture by Roland Barthes and Veronika Schäpers

  • Viola Hildebrand-Schat
Keywords: Book Art, Materiality, Immateriality, Semiotics, Japan, Veronika Schäpers, Roland Barthes, Durs Grünbein, Reception Theory

Abstract

Approaching the artist’s book Praise of the Taifun by German artist Veronika Schäpers from a standpoint highly informed by Roland Barthes’s thoughts while at the same time drawing from reception theory (Iser, Jauß), this essay suggests a semiotic reading of artist’s books that pays close attention to their respective semiotic ‘openness’, interstices, and interspaces that produce a noteworthy ambiguity especially in works that negotiate the cultural differences between Japanese culture and ‘Western’ cultures.

Published
2017-01-09
How to Cite
Hildebrand-Schat, V. (2017). The confrontation of materiality and immateriality of signs: reflections on Japanese culture by Roland Barthes and Veronika Schäpers. Book - Material - Text, 1, 53-66. https://doi.org/10.13154/bmt.1.2016.53-66
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Articles