REcall Venice - Exploring disciplines of visual literacy through difficult heritage

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According to James Elkin visual literacy is interpreted as material representations,
which communicate knowledge and create insight through their visual appearance. Based on the EU Cultural Heritage project REcall, we argue that visual literacy can also relate to interdisciplinary knowledge rooted in architectural environments. The project REcall 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, museologists, 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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCreating a Visual World
EditorsRobert Fisher, Lisa Howard, Ken Monteith
Number of pages12
PublisherInter-Disciplinary Press
Publication date2015
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-84888-389-5
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event7th Global Conference: Visual Literacies – exploring critical Issues - Athen, Greece
Duration: 7 Nov 20139 Nov 2013


Conference7th Global Conference: Visual Literacies – exploring critical Issues


  • Visual literacies
  • Architectural environment
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Art
  • Archeology
  • Cultural heritage
  • Difficult heritage
  • Collective memory


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