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08 04 2014 to 1/5/2014

(the) heavy page

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(the) heavy page

A visual study / on the semiotics of spoken and written language

metamatic:taf is excited to present the exhibition (the) heavy page, with the participation and curated by the group Campus Novel. The exhibition opens on Tuesday 8 April 2014 at 20.30 and will run until 1st May.

According to cultural anthropology, spoken and written language are systems of successive historical and scientific constructs. Over the past four centuries the practice of writing has developed a mythical value gradually reorganizing all areas involved in the ambition of the West to form its history. The procedure of writing constitutes one precise activity: the construction of a text with authority over the externality out of which it has been initially isolated. This topo-graphic and representational version of language assigns meaning to the page as the discrete place where one finds established the dominance and isolation of a subject in front of an object.

In Modern era this particular relationship is shifted towards different constructions, ranging from the process of communication to the weightless hypertext of the internet. 

The virtualization of the textual experience and its conciliation with the experience of the perceptible or the experience of space create a field of polysemy devoid of definite meaning.

According to Wittgenstein, natural language moves beyond letters, words and hierarchical interpretation systems, it is more of a holistic experience rather than a one-dimensional act. "[…] Everything can be interpreted as language. Even a clump of trees can be planted so as to encrypt something in code."*

Campus Novel in the exhibition (the) heavy page attempt logical correlations of the written word and language with the manifestation of phenomena related to official history, the archiving practice, the artistic form, regulatory ethics, the democratization and representation of knowledge as social and cultural value.

* Wittgenstein, L. Philosophical Grammar. Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press, 1978

Participating artists: Campus Novel (Ino Varvariti, Giannis Delaggramatikas, Foteini Palpana, Yiannis Sinioroglou, Giannis Cheimonakis)

Curated by: Campus Novel

Opening: Tuesday 08.04.14, 20:30

Admission free

Duration: 08.04 – 01.05.2014

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12:00-21:00, Sun 12:00-19:00

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Address: 5 Normanou str. 105 55 Athens, Monastiraki

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