How specific is the cognitive experience of the comics reader? Formulating hypothesis through empirical experiments
6 December 2023 - 10am-12pm | ULB, Brussels, Solbosch Campus, Room P4.1.17.
Illustration © Watchmen, Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons, 1986, DC Comics.
The complex morphology of the comics medium calls for peculiar reading strategies aimed at bridging the gaps between its components, both structural and material. Although we speak broadly of visual literacy, in the case of comics it is necessary to consider specific skills of information synthesis and translinear reading. My research focuses on the distance between the implied reader and the actual reader, that is, it aims to understand how the latter behaves with respect to the cognitive effort virtually solicited by the comics form.
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Comics as Computation
15 November 2023 — 10:45 | ULiège, Faculté de philosophie, arts & lettres (Quai Roosevelt 1B – access from Place du XX août), building A4 (histoire), Room A4/R30 (ground floor).
A talk by Ilan Manouach, who will be presenting his postdoctoral research project (ULiège).
Nowadays, anyone can generate stunning algorithmic illustrations with a few inspired keywords. In the fast-evolving world of computational creativity, the potential impact of AI technologies on comics, a medium that has historically served as a laboratory for today’s global entertainment industries, is a case in point. With the term « synthetic comics, » I propose to describe comics content that was generated, modified or manipulated in a highly automated manner by way of machine learning. Continue la lecture