Over the last two weeks we thought about built spaces within invisible cities and examined how Calvino creates the cities with his words and ideas. The interplay between nature and man-made constructions, approach to the city, it’s people, the way we navigate it, were all telling of the deeper meaning, the metaphoric, if you like.
This conversation extended beautifully into understanding the role of signs and symbols in our visualisation of the city. A quick introduction to semiotics helped us understand the role of language and communication in our daily lives, as we were introduced to thinkers and philosophers like Wittgenstein, Saussure, Barthes and Derrida. The class then looked deeply into their texts to find the signifiers, signified and signs in their individual passages, focussing both on the literal and the metaphoric.