Infinite Interpretations? A Corpus-based Study for the Identification and Interpretation of Competing Frames in Parliament-representations in Hungary


  • Ágnes Virág Corvinus University of Budapest



competing frames, visual metaphor, political art, Hungarian Parliament


Political communication highly depends on generic figurative frames such as Politics Is War, Object, Sport, Art and Politics Is Landscape. Regarding political art, it is suggested that artists use complex cognitive solutions (e.g. parallel issue-specific frames) in creative ways which are connected with one of the major generic frames. The study discusses parliament-representations (made between 2006 and 2015) which are not only attractive elements of the cityscape; thus, not literary representations of the building. Using the method of visual framing, the analyses (1) describe the artworks, (2) interpret the occurring symbols and metaphors determined contextually, and (3) reveal the ideological and power relations. Summing up, political artworks can be comprehended according to conventional mental schemas. However, artists usually create a minimum of two competing specifications of the general frames occurring at the same time, and let the viewer choose the one that fits better with their worldview.

Author Biography

Ágnes Virág, Corvinus University of Budapest

Ágnes Virág is a doctoral candidate of the Sociology and Communication Doctoral School at the CUB and works as an art historian lecturer in the Visual Art Institute at Eszterházy Károly University of Eger, Hungary. Her PhD focuses on the figurative conceptualization of parliamentarism in editorial cartoons.


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How to Cite

Virág, Ágnes . (2021). Infinite Interpretations? A Corpus-based Study for the Identification and Interpretation of Competing Frames in Parliament-representations in Hungary . Central European Journal of Communication, 14(1(28), 77-99.



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