“The Third Meaning” – between potency of meaning and theory of interpretation Cover Image

„Trzeci sens” – pomiędzy potencją znaczenia a teorią interpretacji
“The Third Meaning” – between potency of meaning and theory of interpretation

Author(s): Rafał Koschany
Subject(s): Photography, Sociology of Art
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Pedagogicznego w Krakowie
Keywords: semiotics;interpretation;photography;perception;senses

Summary/Abstract: The reflection on the theory of interpretation described in this article is based on the text“The Third Meaning” by Roland Barthes. Analyzing photographs from the Eisenstein’s filmsBarthes tries to name a moment of surprise, which cannot be verbalized. It is possible tofind a similar moment of astonishment in every act of interpretation of an artwork. That isthe pre-reflective and preverbal level of interpretation, connected to the sphere of emotions,intuition and sensual perception. That is the “third sense” (significance), a special quality ofthe contact between the work and its viewer. The recipient is located between the direct(aesthetic) experience and (impossible to describe) cognition.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 6-14
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Polish