How Are Books Without Text Read?

By Luz del Carmen Vilchis Esquivel.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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In the world of books, in addition to literary texts, there are books of which contents refer to visual imagery. Illustrated books, artist books and all books of which content is based on images, require a particular form of reading whose paradigm is vision. Seeing is an everyday event, it’s an unconscious habit for all of us who enjoy the physical ability of perceiving the surroundings through the sense of seeing. Educating sight means elevating to the level of conscience the different perceptual moments; this involves considering the objective and tangible conditions of every instant, being able to name in correct terms the formal conditions of what is being seen, and understanding the possible determinations of our sight, everything from the perceptual ambiguities to the physiological, environmental and cultural processes that go with it. Reading a book with images requires learning to see, resorting to the abilities of the other senses that contribute to the apprehension of the sensuality of this type of publications. The space of these books is the infinite exteriority that surpasses the world of ideas due to its complexity; they are receptacles whose magnitude forces the human being to conceive them within the framework of a particular legibility, and also to fragment them in different ways so as to understand them within material configuration or determined exterior limits that create their inner ambits.

Keywords: Visual Books, Reading, Visual Education

International Journal of the Book, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp.67-70. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 502.530KB).

Prof. Luz del Carmen Vilchis Esquivel

Professor, Visual Arts Postgraduate Program, National School of Visual Arts, National Autonomous University of Mexico, México, DF, Mexico

Professor in Posgraduate Program of National School of Visual Arts in National Autonomous University of Mexico. Pioneer in Mexico using digital resources in arts and design. First woman director of National School of Visual Arts at UNAM (2002-2006), has published 7 books about Graphic Design Theory, Graphic Design Metodology, Non-linear languages semiotics and Graphic Design Hermeneutics, 9 chapters in books, 61 research papers and 18 didactic manuals. Manager from two diferent firms: a technologic center and a graphic design place. Teacher during 30 years, is oficial tutor from postgraduate program in the lines of researching projects, semiotic and hermeneutic studies; participating in academic events in Mexico, Dominicana Republic, USA, Canada, Greece, Spain, Cuba, Peru, Holland, Uruguay, Argentina, Germany and Portugal and presentating conferences in Mexico, Panama, Cuba, Spain, USA, Lisbon and other countries; also, being advisor thesis from more than 145 researching student thesis works in different universities. Professional graphic designer, working in Mexico, USA and Canada in firms like BMG Entertainment, Environmental Law Institute or UNESCO in traditional and digital way. Visual artist, has exposed digital art, collage and visual poetry in more than 44 exhibitions in Mexico, Panama, USA, Rusia, Spain, France, Greece, Palestine and Frankfurt.

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