Optika – A Symposium on Visual Narration

Date: February 17 – 18, 2005
Venue: University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus

Optika is a two-day symposium which will explore the theory and practice of visual narrative. Academics, independent scholars, students, and artists are invited to participate. Both academic and creative work are welcome and may be submitted in either English or Spanish. The organizers are interested in a variety of critical and theoretical perspectives which contribute to our understanding of the many ways we might conceive of visual narrative. We are also interested in formal diversity. Thus papers or creative work may engage with the visual in defined genres, or in less-studied hybrid or emerging forms. Forms and genres include film, television, music videos, theater, opera, performance art, installations, painting, sculpture, photography, commercials, billboards, comics, cartoons, graphic novels, graffiti, digital and internet forms. Selected work will be published in the symposium proceedings.