Centre for Data Processing of Texts and Images in the Literary Tradition
The Centre for Data Processing of Texts and Images in the Literary Tradition (CTL) was founded on 19 December, 2000 and is directed by Lina Bolzoni. The Centre uses computer technology to conduct research which examines the complex relationship between words and images within the literary tradition.
The CTL is supported by an advisory board of internationally recognized scholars, and has initiated collaborations with universities and cultural institutions in Italy and abroad, including the École Normale Supérieure of Paris, New York University and the University of California-Los Angeles.
In addition to coordinating on-going studies, the CTL is promoting the discussion and the planning of new projects. The objective of the CTL is to rediscover the broad areas of interaction between words and images that have characterized the literary tradition across different periods and genres, going beyond the traditional schemas that have sanctioned the superiority of literature over the visual arts.
The creation of a digital archive of words and images will thus serve as an instrument to reconstruct the many links that exist between the linguistic code and the figurative code. It will also be used to analyze even the lesser known areas of inter-expressive experimentation.
A salient aspect of the CTL's activities also lies in the research being conducted, in collaboration with scientists and artists, on modes of perception.
Professor Lina Bolzoni