Unconscious Signs in Visual Signification of Lacan's Metaphor

라캉 은유의 시각적 의미작용을 통한 무의식적 기호 연구

  • 박상혁 (충청북도청 산업디자인실)
  • Received : 2014.12.29
  • Accepted : 2015.02.26
  • Published : 2015.04.28


The universe of discourse presented in the visual image is bound up with the experience and culture of parties; its sender and recipient. Signification of visual message is revealed through the mutual independent process. The mechanism where production of signifiant by sender and reception of metaphoric signifiant function unconsciously can be applied to Lacan's theory;"The unconscious is structured like a language". By applying Lacan's metaphoric formula which takes linguistic approach to visual image it is suggested that analysis of signification is possible. This analysis can be a base for seeking varied level of signifiant presented in visual metaphor logically and practically. Metaphoric structure of the signifiant and the matrix analysis can develop a creative idea and propose a practical way for the visual image production. Thus empirical study about nastic response and the future analysis result is expected to be possible.


Jacques Lacan;Unconscious;Metaphor;Signification


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