Zines for Science
As part of the master’s program Visual Communication at the University of Art and Design Linz, my colleague Sophia Krayc and I worked closely with researchers at the IFK Linz in Vienna, on a visual artefact of Tom Wappler’s research on practices of musical intertextuality in the early 20th century. In a small booklet – a so-called Zine – we interpreted, mixed, showed or manipulated his research topic.
We approached the question of original and adaptation in a visual-artistic way and tried to shed more light on the concept of intertextuality. The painting Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci is representing the idea of the original as a media icon and shows that even outside of the music industry it is inevitable to be working intertextually.
In our experiment layout, each page shows a different visual adaptation of the painting. The degree of distortion varies greatly and even goes so far that in the end the supposed original can no longer be identified. Despite this fact, every previous image remains in the next and grows into an infinite hermeneutic spiral, which represents visual intertextuality for us.