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'Self-Titled' by Damon Zucconi at Veda, Florence


It was in the 7th century that Irish scribes began to introduce spaces between words in written texts. Previously, a “scriptio continua” method was used, where words flowed continuously without breaks, making the text a single undifferentiated mass. It’s thought that this transition transformed reading from an oral and public activity to a silent and solitary one.
I look at the picture. I read the text and realize its relation to the images under the words: they are spatially arranged in a pattern described by the language. I continue to read, and my attention oscillates between these two modes of seeing: reading and looking to verify; apprehend. The images are oblique — slightly wrong in one way or another — though it is hard to describe why. The text runs from top to bottom, left to right, but the contents it concerns are inside-out, from the center to the edges. As I move along the text, I’m also moving outward. The configuration described and depicted is not strictly logical, and though a composite in one’s mind forms, it never resolves into something complete and coherent.
Images are increasingly detached from the physical processes that once defined their creation. Instead, a novel connection with language has emerged, restructured for new intelligences, and with it, a similar inward turn from public to private. This transformation prompts a reconsideration of the traditional understanding of a sentence. The concept of a sentence must be understood not in its grammatical sense but in the sense of an organism expressive of a perfect meaning, whether in a simple exclamation or in a vast poem.

14.9.23 —11.11.23

Photo by Flavio Pescatori


'ABSINTHE', Group Show Curated by PLAGUE at Smena, Kazan

'Pupila' by Elizabeth Burmann Littin at Two seven two gallery, Toronto

'Auxiliary Lights' by Kai Philip Trausenegger at Bildraum 07, Vienna

'Inferno' by Matthew Tully Dugan at Lomex, New York

'Зamok', Off-Site Group Project at dentistry Dr. Blumkin, Moscow

'Dog, No Leash', Group Show at Spazio Orr, Brescia

'Syllables in Heart' by Thomas Bremerstent at Salgshallen, Oslo

'Out-of-place artifact', Off-Site Project by Artem Briukhov in Birsk Fortress, Bi

'Gardening' by Daniel Drabek at Toni Areal, Zurich

'HALF TRUTHS', Group Show at Hackney Road, E2 8ET, London

'Unknown Unknowns' by Christian Roncea at West End, The Hague

'Thinking About Things That Are Thinking' by Nicolás Lamas at Meessen De Clercq,

‘Funny / Sad’, Group Show by Ian Bruner, Don Elektro & Halo, curated by Rhizome P

'Don’t Die', Group Show at No Gallery, New York

'Almost Begin' by Bronson Smillie at Afternoon Projects, Vancouver

'I'll Carry Your Heart's Gray Wing with a Trembling Hand to My Old Age', Group Sh

'hapy like a fly' by Clément Courgeon at Colette Mariana, Barcelona

'Fear of the Dark' by Jack Evans at Soup, London

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