Pictorial semiotics aims for just the kind of integration of depiction with notation undertaken by Goodman, but fails to identify his requirements for syntax and semantics. It seeks to apply the model of structural linguistics, to reveal core meanings and permutations for pictures of all kinds, but stalls in identifying constituent elements of reference, or as semioticians prefer, 'signification'. Similarly, they accept resemblance although call it 'iconicity' (after Charles Sanders Peirce ,  1931–58) and are uncomfortable in qualifying its role. Older practitioners, such as Roland Barthes  and Umberto Eco  variously shift analysis to underlying 'connotations' for an object depicted or concentrate on description of purported content at the expense of more medium-specific meaning. Essentially they establish a more general iconography .
This is the second year that Artistic Director Cameron Bailey and the Toronto International Film Festival held an Ebert Tribute honoring a filmmaker for excellence in the industry. Last year, we presented a Golden Thumb award to Martin Scorsese at the TIFF Ebert Dinner. Our celebratory meal occurred earlier in the day this year, with an Ebert Lunch celebrating the career of Ava DuVernay , whose recent film, " Selma ," garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. But she was also chosen because of her myriad efforts to bring along other women and minorities in the film industry with her company ARRAY. Her grace in holding the ladder steady so that others may climb with her is admirable.
Mathematically speaking, the guitar fingerboard is simply not one-dimensional like the piano, and attempts to render it into a one-dimensional form, such as standard musical notation, is necessarily going to cause ambiguities and distortions, and dramatically interfere with the player's ability to sight read. (Map projections that attempt to depict the earth on a piece of paper also force dimensional distortions, as we all know.) A 2-dimensional piece of paper can show a reasonably good represenation of one-dimensional keyboard graphed against time. It is clear to me that guitar players will not be able to sight-read as well as keyboard players until a 3-dimensional notation is developed. This would then show how the 2-dimensional guitar fingerboard behaves when graphed against time. Instead of a note with a stem on it showing its duration, there would need to be something like a guitar chord grid with a flag or a stem. It may be that computers will allow us to do this, and it may need to actually be a movie-like thing, and I encourage exploration of this idea. And even if it is developed, I have no illusions that it will come to be adopted any time into our present system of music education and performance, and guitarists will have to remain philosophical and put up with the way it is.