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Zbornik radova Akademije umetnosti
2017, iss. 5, pp. 65-76
article language: Bosnian
document type: unclassified
published on: 02/10/2017
doi: 10.5937/ZbAkUm1705065K
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Umberto Eco: Freedom and the limits of artwork interpretation
University of Sarajevo, Academy of Fine Arts, Federation of B&H

e-mail: lamijakrsic@gmail.com

Abstract

In his study The Open Work (1962) Umberto Eco commenced his long term exploration of the nature of interpreting an artwork. The author problematizes the question of freedom and the limits of artwork interpretation in the context of semiology and theory of semiotics. Although the contemporary debates on interpreting art focus on interpretation and interpreter, that is to say, on unconditional openness of the work, Eco reminds us of the other side of the interpreting process - controllability of the interpretative activity and limitations of reading in new meanings. The paper points to the various theoretical basis on which Eco propagates the dialectics between the form and openness of a work of art, in other words, between intentio operis and intentio lectoris. This position enables him to differentiate art from nonart, as well as to consider interpretation of a work of art not as a self-sufficing process, but from the point of view of human experience.

Keywords

open work; unlimited semiosis; open text; interpretation; Model Reader

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