"Text for opening doors/ flood gates"
*leikw – Inheritance, Elegant, Election (phonetic connotations series), 2013
*leikw — is a video triptych of my mouth reproducing phonemes while exploring the many paths of alliteration by which meaning comes into being. These videos are simulations of the trajectory that phonetics have taken over time through the de/re-contextualizations resulting from human migration. For example, in “Elegant,” I start incessantly repeating the PIE (Proto-Indo-European) word *leikw —. The repetitions quickly morph into eleg- which transforms into the Latin eligere, subsequently transmuting into elegans – elegantis and finally the modern English word “elegant.” *leikw – is the Proto-Indo-European word for “inheritance,” which is phonologically closely related to the Latin root eleg-, meaning choice. In this case, “phonologically related” means that the most distinctive sounds are the liquid alveolar sound l followed by a velar stop kw or g. The piece explores the notion in comparative linguistics that sounds using the same oral muscles or cavities are often interchangeable. These modifications happen due to cultural influences, migrations, linguistic assimilations (i.e., oral translations), and finally genetic mutation. *leikw – is an attempt to illustrate clearly the process used to identify key sound forms in modern languages in order to show how units of sounds that serve as building blocks to the words we use today have pre-determined meanings constructed through a long history. The central purpose of this exercise was the development of a new representation model for language and concepts. Now, you may wonder, what is the connection between “inheritance” and the adjective “elegant”? To answer that question, we must try to transpose ourselves into the environment in which the Proto-Indo-European sounds originated. The experience is purely conceptual by nature, but it does yield a rather clarifying observation: Inheritance comes with privilege, which in turn produces the luxury of choice. In an abundance of choice there’s a game or protocol that is cultural by conception. The ability to understand this game and work it, making the “right” choices, becomes a marker of elegance.
Physical Interface Encyclopedia, 2013, is the evolution from a collaboration with Daniel Givens by the name of “Artifact Resurrection.” The latter was installed at Maryland Art Place’s StarLight Dinner Fundraiser, where I was invited to participate as an “Art Star”.
Physical Interface Encyclopedia allows one to interact with three-dimensional representations of three thought forms that are defined through videos upon touch. The videos act as encyclopedic entries and are lists of connotative attributions to the touched objects.
"Ste-", "-Eis", and "On" are 3D Prints that have been electroplated in copper in order to become conductive. Upon touch the conductivity of the participant’s own hands is able to trigger videos which define these objects. They constitute an audio-visual and tactile language based on linguistic research of proto-indo european roots.
"Text for opening doors/ flood gates"
AN ARTIST needs to stop passively consuming the cultural mechanisms that are handed down to the ARTIST. AN ARTIST needs to know where every phoneme that they use comes from. AN ARTIST needs to know where every color that they use comes from. And in this journey of discovery, AN ARTIST needs reconfigure those units by creating the new, the unexplored, the undiscovered, the un-cultured, what has never been colonized. AN ARTIST is a person and a person is a living culture that has been colonized (socialized). AN ARTIST needs to re-appropriate itself.
*leikw – Elegant, Inheritance, Election (phonetic connotations series), 2013
“*leikw – “ is a combination of videos of the artist’s mouth reproducing phonemes and the many paths of alliteration. These videos are merely simulations of the trajectory that phonetics takes over time and de/re-contextualization due to human migration. For example, in ‘Elegant’ the artist starts incessantly repeating the PIE (Proto-Indo-European) word “*leikw – “, the repetitions quickly morph into “eleg-“ which transform into the Latin eligere, subcequently transmutting it into “elegans – elegantis” and finally the modern English word elegant. “*leikw – “ is the proto-indo-european word for inheritance which is phonologically closely related to the Latin root eleg-, meaning choice. In this case phonologically related means that the most distinctive sounds are the liquid alveolar sound ‘l’ followed by a velar stop “kw” or “g”. The piece then brings attention to the notion in comparative linguistics that sounds that use the same oral muscles or cavities are often interchangeable. These modifications happen due to cultural influences, migrations, linguistic assimilations (i.e. oral translations), and finally genetic mutation. “*leikw – “ is an attempt to cleanly illustrate the process used to identify key sound forms in modern language to further illustrate the notion that the units of sounds that serve as building blocks to the words we use have pre-determined meaning constructed through a long history.
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"System of Syllabic Sounds"
black and white print
detail from typographic experiments
Critique new and old work