Image Protocol – A Tool for the Philosophy of Art


  • Nils Röller Zurich University of the Arts





iconography of philosophy, diagrammatic reasoning, materialities in art, charles sanders peirce, susanne k. langer


An investigation into illustrations of philosophical texts conducted by artist Barbara Ellmerer and graphic designer Vera Kaspar, two artists who documented their enquiries with ‘image protocols’. These protocols, in turn, led to a re-evaluation of the materials and means used in the process of artistic perception and production. This process remains structurally resistant to verbalisation but relies on individual calibrations between the perception of a given image and the means and materialities at the artist’s disposal (colours, brushes, paper, but also photography, scanning, printing).

How to Cite

Röller, N. (2022). Image Protocol – A Tool for the Philosophy of Art. Cubic Journal, 5(5), 86–93. https://doi.org/10.31182/cubic.2022.5.52



Author Biography

Nils Röller, Zurich University of the Arts

Dr. Nils Röller is a professor at the Zurich University of the Arts. His research focuses on the relation between text, image and philosophy (Iconography of Philosophy). Recent publications are: “Hermes”, in Beat Streuli – Fabric of Reality (Zurich: Lars Muller Publishers, 2019), “Oswald’s Hubble”, in Critical Interface Studies 002 (2019), also in Geissler, Beate/ Sann, Oliver (Hg.), Oswald Wiener – The Bio-Adapter (Berlin: Kadmos); “Organon“, in Berardi, Donatella (Hg), Art, Self & System (Berlin: Sternberg, 2019).


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