INVITATION TO FACULTY OF ARTS SEMINAR

The Dean, Faculty of Arts, Professor Leo O. Otoide, is pleased to invite all academic staff to the Faculty Seminar. It will hold on Tuesday, 13 December 2016 at the 250 Lecture Theatre between 12.00 and 2.00 pm. Below are the abstracts of the papers scheduled to be presented.

THE VISUAL LANGUAGE OF URHOBO ODOVA SOCIAL TITLES

Professor John Ogene

Department of Fine and Applied Arts

University of Benin

Benin City

Abstract

This essay explores the Urhobo-Isoko visual culture of praise names or social titles (odova). Its aim is to analyze odova from a visual culture perspective in the context of communication as a visual language in Art. This will go a long way to offer a visual cultural insight into the contributions of the Urhobo language and world view to the study of the visual and contextual understanding of the Urhobo as a people. The essay adopted a descriptive research design as it permits the use of interviews and observation. The study obtained data randomly from Urhobo odova and praise names sourced directly from oral communication and interviews with knowledgeable Urhobo native adults in public and private locations. It focused on sixty selected odova which were visually analyzed, using a multi-frame of Erwin Panofsky’s everyday life analysis of iconography; W.J.T. Mitchell’s picture theory as well as visualizing aspects of Ethnography of Communication theory as applied to Urhobo proverbs by Maledo (2015). It is quite significant that Panofsky’s analogy of primary, secondary, and intrinsic meaning is evident in the data. It was discovered that a visual vocabulary exists in the praise names and social titles popularly called odova in the Urhobo language. There also lies the possibility that with the visualization of odova, an aspect of Urhobo culture could be preserved for future generations of the speakers of the language.

THE IMPERATIVE FOR A SYNERGY BETWEEN

CERAMISTS AND ENGINEERS IN THE FABRICATION OF

CERAMICS STUDIO EQUIPMENT

Valentine I. Omem

Department of Fine and Applied Arts

University of Benin

Benin City

Abstract

The field of ceramics is a very technical field which requires the use of equipment at various stages of production. However, most of the equipment used in the ceramic studio are highly specialized and not easily available at just any mechanical equipment store. This has compelled the ceramist most times to engage in equipment fabrication. This involvement of ceramists in the fabrication of their own studio equipment has numerous advantages as this research intends to show. However, a critical look at the efforts of the ceramists also revealed some technical details which may be lacking. This would form the crux of this study, which advocates for a synergy between  ceramists  and  engineers in  the  design  and  fabrication  of  ceramics  studio equipment as a way of bridging this gap.


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