Temporality in Static Visual Narratives: Based on Event, Time, Space & Place relation

Year: 2011
Editor: Chakrabarti, A.
Author: K. Pimenta, Sherline; Poovaiah, Ravi
Section: Design Aesthetics, Semiotics, Semantics
Page(s): 809-817


Stories are a sequence of events that unfold in time and space. Temporality is one of the fundamental elements that makes a Static Visual Narrative (SVN).To understand ‘time’ in an SVN, one has to read the compositional space within which the story unfolds. Space (in an SVN) more often than not implies the ‘Location or Place’ where the event occurs. Acknowledging the presence of ‘Time-Space (Place)’ unit in an SVN, helps comprehend the ‘event’ or ‘progression of events’ in a story that is illustrated. In this paper we first understand what ‘Event, ‘Time’, ‘Space’ and ‘Place’ mean as individual concepts and study their graphic representational possibilities. Next, we identify patterns of ‘Event [Time–Space (Place)]’ unit based on the representational possibilities and collate our findings in a table. Finally we support our findings with examples of SVNs demonstrating the employment of the patterns identified. Thus, our study shows that Space in an SVN is designed based on the metaphor of Place or Location of the event

Keywords: Static Visual Narratives (SVN), Event, Time, Space, Place


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