A Visual Dithyramb: The Monastery of Saint John the Forerunner of Studios
The visual depictions are eternalized by their timelessness, narrated by their subjectivity, and vivified by their abstractness. Reflecting on this blended nature of the visual depictions, the present study is a visual dithyramb on and offered to the Monastery of Saint John the Forerunner of Studios. Concordantly, three interwoven narratives of the monumental site are introduced in the present study; historical, visual and heritage; with the visual narrative as its key-stone. On the one hand, the visual narrative consummates the historical narrative by mirroring the invisible abyss of history in a visible form. On the other hand, it undergirds the heritage narrative by voicing the monumental site’s shift from the historical-religious age to the memorial-heritage age. The three nestled narratives unfold the problematization of cultural heritage in general and the fate of the Byzantine heritage in present-day Turkey in particular. They reflect on the entangled structures and modalities of the subjective experiences of the persons associated with the monumental site. Thus, the present study is contextualized subjectively, conceptualized timelessly and presented visually.
Thesis supervisor: István Perczel, József Laszlovszky