de-re-/con-struct(ur)ed_LANG(U)agE

Topic: Art Subtopic: General

Case Study

of an Exhibition

by fratha

Published on May 22, 2007, Modified on May 22, 2007

  • Description and goals

    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.

  • Development process and challenges

    To post a link and thus to relate two or more contents is a basic method to create a freely accessible and modular network of personal associations on the World Wide Web. The act of linking, which has come to be one of the most common cultural practices on the Internet and which is a simplified version of the copy/paste-technique, creates new contexts on Web-based platforms, personal homepages, blogs and last but not least (art-)databases.

    Yet, what if a link turns into the representative of the artefact, the context and the exhibition at once?

    TAGallery by CONT3XT.NET extends the idea of a “tagged exhibition” (1) and transfers the main tasks of non-commercial exhibition-spaces into the discourse of an electronic data-space. The method of “tagging” allows the attribution of artworks to different thematic fields. In TAGallery the act of selecting and recombining — besides chronologically ordered show-rooms, exhibition-titles in a semantically concentrated form and various ways of contextualizing the presented artworks — will be published as well: The continuous progression of the curating can be followed by the public, using newsfeeds.
    One of the characteristics of webbased art-forms is the process-oriented way in which numerous artworks function. With the changing conditions of production and reception of art on the Internet, not only the art itself changed but also the possibilities of curation and thus require process-oriented forms of display too.

    (1) http://blog.subnet.at/carlos/stories/1853/

Latest Comments (1)

Very interesting

by Jim Spadaccini - May 22, 2007

I particularly enjoyed the “Star Wars, One Letter at a Time” site/exhibit but there is so much here! Also, I think the concept of a “tagged exhibition” pushes our thinking about what fundamentally constitutes an exhibition. Thanks for sharing this.

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