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The Power of Images is the launch event of DialogRaum Goethe, which will take place regularly at the event hall of the Goethe-Institut Cyprus in the buffer zone. In an upcoming event on Tuesday scholars Evripides Zantides and Klaus Sachs-Hombach will discuss with the audience the power of images in media in a panel discussion moderated by theatre professional Diomedes Koufteros.

DialogRaum Goethe invites Cypriot and German experts from academia, culture and media to speak on current topics and encourages the audience to participate in discussions and ask questions. Focusing on the power and independent existence of images in media for the first DialogRaum event was an idea that arose from the theatre performance Picture Perfect by the SRSLY_yours Ensemble. This performance, which is supported by the Goethe-Institut, premiered at Rialto Theatre in Limassol in March and will be shown in Nicosia at ARTos House and again at Rialto Theatre in Limassol in early November. Its director Achim Wieland and members of the SRSLY_yours ensemble will take part in the discussion at DialogRaum Goethe.

Talking about the event’s theme, the organisers said: “Since Plato, the status of pictorial representations has been controversial. On the one hand, pictures were considered inferior to words when it came to expressing abstract thoughts. On the other, an almost magical aura has been attributed to them. This ambivalent attitude has prevailed to the present day, with all kinds of newly invented pictorial media such as photography or virtual reality evoking reactions that range from greatest enthusiasm to utmost scepticism.”

Alongside this background, Tuesday’s talk, which is free to attend and in English, attempts to clarify the specific properties of visual communication with images playing a pivotal role in the rhetoric of communication. While the lecture introduces relevant theoretical frameworks, it aims to analyse and discuss images through specific examples and analytical tools.

 

The Power of Images

Talk with scholars Evripides Zantides and Klaus Sachs-Hombach, moderated by Diomedes Koufteros. October 26. Goethe-Institut Cyprus, Nicosia. 7pm. In English. Free. Tel: 22-674606

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