New ways of READING
Information is stored in these symbols.
Without you here now, without you the decoding device, they lie meaningless and numb. Yet, as the words enter a mind, they recall the world and conjure memories that never were.
Reading, and more over language, is magical in this ability to create conceptual realms where immaterial ideas float through the milieu of an alternate universe. Reading can take us to another place from which we can reflect upon our own. However, it also draws us away from presence and truth.
While reading, sometimes a feeling rises up inside me. It is a feeling of BEING HERE NOW; feeling in my body, in this moment, as a truth explodes across the horizons of my mind. I am in paradox; both fully here and fully in the conjured world.
new func is seeking to enhance these moments; seeking new ways of reading which take us into these realms in connection with self, other and environment. Together, we will be here now, wading through textual waters in search of truth. We will feel alive as we read.
Event took place at SEESAW, 29th Sept 2021
Projected text traces the space and the reader's movements with in it. To be read silently (inhabiting here and elsewhere alone) or aloud in an echoing cavern (words and movements connecting reader, space and others).
Under the Table Together
We read aloud together the sheets we see on the floor which narrate our actions and thoughts as we remove shoes, crawl to the next sheet, lie under the table and read its underside.
Readers peer into a black box which dislocates their eyes and refracts them through a mirror into text. They dissociate with the body and enter the mental and physical space of text.
In Words : In Wood
Words on trees and leaves direct us through the story, treading through the wood. The crunch of forest underfoot brings the mind into wood, while words drag it away. The words are in the wood and we are in the words, managing to be here now and not.
River of Words
The READER meanders through the current of WORD PEOPLE each speaking a word into the readers face as they brush by.
The text is read allowed for all to hear as the river continues to flow around. On reaching the CONDUCTOR, pairs of word people are given 2 new words, and when the reader reaches the conductor, they replace a word person who becomes the new reader. All flow through the river and are the river itself.
MONKEY (2021) Fraser Chapman and Samuel Collinge, featured at New ways of READING, Sept 2021
Live Art consisting of randomly selected characters and spaces. Taking inspiration from the 'infinite Monkey Theorem', This piece, given an infinite amount of time will have completed every past, present and future written work in the English language. We invite the voyeur to read between lines and digest the non-visible information, and creative intent interweaved beyond the text itself.
Link to the ongoing piece: https://fraser-chapman.github.io/Monkey/
Write Say Define
Tam Dibley + Charlotte Megroureche
First someone writes a nonsense word on a drawing tablet, connected to laptop and projected onto the floor.
-All others take a moment to work out the pronunciation in their head, before everyone together chants the word.
-A third person says what the word means.
The word contains the meaning of a sentence.
Say - Write
-One person says a nonsense word
-All other people determine the spelling and write it on a piece of paper.
-All written spellings are stuck next to each other on a wall.
Walking on Words
Text is projected from above. The body engages with the page, feet tracing each line, stepping over letters, walking on words and reading aloud the line. We walk meaning into life, one reader/one line at a time.
A Word Person Circle
Encircling a circle of people, the Projector projects and the people read, one person/one word at a time. A mass of voices become one synchronising intonation and timing to comprehend one another amidst the text.
1st level: A sentence as a space. (Eg. See video below.)
2nd level: A word as a space. (Eg. left: "Welcome".)
3rd level: A morpheme as a space. (Eg: the "art" in Fart)
4th level: A phoneme as a space. (Eg. below: "ar" and "i")
Above: Word Bath
Lying on floor looking up to the projected colours, we chant their names with fingers in ears. The sound of the colour we see vibrates through the body, before we chant the words that appear and their meaning stains images in our minds.
Left + Below: Spatio-Sonic Language
As experience is distilled into words, our vocal sounds may expand back into experience. In Spatio-Sonic Language, sentences become spaces we can travel through.
Deepening from level 1 to 4 (explained below) language and meaning are stretched through space until only experience remains.
Left: 5th Level Spatio-Sonic Language
Phonemes become movements. Information is embodied and stretched into 4 dimensions, allowing people to move through language and meaning.
To the left are all the sounds and movements.
Below is an example of the language in use.