Works by | Jörg Piringer, Stefan Wilke, Alan Bigelow, Michael Takeo Magruder, Karl Heinz Jeron/Valie Djordjevic, Brian Kim Stefans, Mary-Anne Breeze, Eugenio Tisselli, Miika Nyyssönen, Miriam Laussegger, Eva Beierheimer | Curated by | _____fratha__ | Opening | 15 April 2007
The faculty to speak and the reflection about one’s language are inherent characteristics of human beings. According to Ferdinand de Saussure’s thesis human language can be divided into three fundamental aspects: the biological preconditions for speaking (langage), the fixed system of rules and signs (langue) and the act of speaking itself (parole). The supposition that the language-system and the speechact are linked reciprocally and that there is no backflow into the system without speaking, it gets clear that the human language withdraws itself from an immediate observation. It can only be examined in the course of the reconstructing its process of appearance, that is, its articulation.
Is language thus an exclusively virtual product, the existence of which begins and ends up with its realization?
The exhibition de-re-/con-struct(ur)ed_LANG(U)agE traces this question in an experimental way: the poetry-generator “Nam Shub” counteracts the linguistic standardarization of life through mutation while the video “FFT” embeds the realization of the function of a programme into the funcion itself. “Saving the Alphabet” is a comment on the use of language in the digital age with regard to governmental and corporate threats. : ] … [ WORLD ] … [ : transforms linguistic into iconic signs and "A la recherche du temps perdu" analyzes the microstructures of a text by its translation into binary code. "Star Wars, One Letter at a Time" deals with the linearity of the process of linguistic creation whereas "_dis[ap]posable_” extends language by means of a new visual dimension. The automation of the speechact “without” any human assistance is the topic of the blog “J B Wock”. The intercative work “Artconcepts” recombines the content of discussions about language, similar to “Worte.at”, a text-generator which produces new concepts for the language of the cultural field via remixing it.
—tags: conceptual, curating, ephemeral, language, literature, virtuality