ACTIO JOURNAL OF TECHNOLOGY IN DESIGN, FILM ARTS, AND VISUAL COMMUNICATION is focused on disciplinary and transdisciplinary knowledge, a space where the crossing of disciplines contributes as much as the disciplines themselves. Hence its name, “action” in Latin, ‘to do, act or function a thing’. In ACTIO we intend that these three areas of knowledge —design, filmic arts and visual communication—«contaminate», enrich and dynamize each other, and generate, through their contact, new actions.
As a publication by the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, ACTIO is part of an initiative towards a Policy of Knowledge Management, and is projected as an open access, indexed publication, with an annual periodicity. It is published in digital form and includes articles in Spanish, English, French, Italian and Portuguese. Its purpose is to familiarize the academic community with original articles, resulting from research and creation in the different fields of design, filmic arts and visual communication, aimed at the disciplinary and transdisciplinary teaching in these areas.
Technology is a differentiating component in our journal, and is conceived in three dimensions: as objects, processes and knowledge, so that in includes not only what bur how something is done. Technology is a means to an end, to a human being´s activity, but also a production, an imposition, a provocation. It is experienced as knowledge, but also as an imposition from the market, politics and industry.
From the field of design, the journal embraces subjects related to habitat, material and visual culture, aesthetics, anthropology, sociology and history associated in design in its various applications, industrial, graphic, architectural, textile and fashion. ACTIO hopes to become a forum for discussing technological research and applications from the standpoint of design. That is, those aspects that acknowledge, formulate, discuss and develop the ways of being, doing and thinking design from its becoming, responsibility and commitments. Examples of the above are ontological, epistemological, ethical, aesthetic, marketing and political issues. It also aspires to become a platform for the discussion of those areas where design, as trans- and interdisciplinary, often in dialogue with filmic arts and visual communication, participates and is incorporated into the processes of transforming the world, as well as into those problematic areas and fields where design penetrates. Examples thereof are innovation, ergonomics, identity, sustainability, management, arts, cultures and health.
From the field of visual communication, the journal generates reflection and dialogue around a field of knowledge and practice in constant innovation. In the light of visual studies, research on the image and the production of audio-visual texts, we hope to enrich the theoretical and methodological area that questions the social and human sciences’ discursivity, textuality and subjectivity. At least three matrixes in our era’s global world are identified, interrelated and supplemented: one of them finds in the subjective experience and neuronal exploration a new understanding of perception, feeling, and visual emotion; another one focuses on icons, representation and cultural imaginaries; a third one approaches the cultural production-reception and the educational insertion in a society-world hyper-visual and techno-perceptive. The question «what are images» is overridden by concerns about what one may do with them, how they interact and create a common life and history. The aesthetic reconfiguration toward the social and the political creates new dimensions, beyond the images, new visualities, aesthetics of the visible, visual cultures. ACTIO calls for a sharing of the problems and findings derived from the uses of visual media, convergent technological strategies (audio-visual, multimedia, trans-media) and of the cultural processes or mediations that make up the archeology and communicative visual ecology in our time.
From the field of filmic arts, ACTIO collects and explores new approaches to fiction, expanded fiction, documentaries, experimental film, film history and critique. Similarly, it explores digital technologies as sensible forms and filmic expression. Trans-media is also part of this universe from the standpoint of the new film narratives and aesthetics. We conceive the universe of the filmic arts, not as a closed area of knowledge, but as a habitus that gathers the contributions from other fields such as design and communication. The filmic arts are born already as mixed and open to be transformed by the presence and influence of other fields. Hence the trans-media: it overcomes the division and separation of the media by becoming a flexible platform allowing to narrate and express knowledge through multiple languages and formats. ACTIO, in relation to the filmic arts, prefers not to think them as unique and separate compartments, but rather as a field of possibilities and knowledge in construction.
Our target audience are researchers, creators, professionals, students and other persons interested in these borderline fields. In an expanded dimension, the journal aims at strengthening academic networks allowing to enrich pre-graduate and graduate programs affiliated to the different branches, faculties and schools participating in this project.
Attending to the research and creation perspectives outlined by the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, the mission of this publication is to make visible its academic production, maintain the quality of its editorial products, and contribute to the internationalization of knowledge, aiming at the disciplinary and transdisciplinary teaching of the areas involved. Hence the interest in registering the journal in high-quality academic websites, ant to expand and create new contact networks by the publication of articles in languages other than Spanish.
Due to the limited number of indexed journals focused on this area, our purpose is to consolidate an international publication stimulating the interaction with peers in different parts of the world, and allow for the development of technology in design, filmic arts and visual communication, as well as the emergence of new knowledge leading to the expansion of the perspectives in these three disciplines.