Friday, October 26, 2012

Filling space

TEXT is art, words, symbols, code. It is the object, the artefact, that contains the communication. Manuscript books or fragments, in their entirety, are examples of TEXT and the object of study (obviously) of Text Technologies. More provocatively, perhaps, bodies carrying tattoos--whether Maori tattoo, or celebritized longitude/latitude patterns--might be examples of TEXT; in this case, code which signifies either something particular to the person or, more broadly to a social group. To fill the space of the skin with tattoo is to participate in textual production that was, until recently, considered subversive. The intelligibility of tattoo depends on the wearer's decision about how public they want their body text to be. Some seem semantically transparent:



And others require significant interpretative work on the part of the onlooker:


Akin to tattoo in its intentional subversiveness is graffiti. Hidden beneath the swirls and curls of the tagged letters is the name of the graffiti artist ('artist'?), exclusive to those in the know:



And here, again, space is filled by a deliberately obfuscatory message, a text technology where the entire context provides textness; where the precise location and substrate are key to the type of communication being imparted; and where it's usually singularly important not to be able to read the text.


5 comments:

  1. Find your post suitable for me and my website thanks for sharing your good knowledge with us dofollow social bookmarking list

    ReplyDelete
  2. We have all Perfumes Collections with latest brands and cheap price and you can also buy all amazone, shopzilla.com alibaba.com, olx.com.pk and shoulderhandbags.org.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Dasi Mobile offering all types of Nokia mobiles with prices and all other mobiles also nokia mobiles with latest brands and cheap price and you can also buy all amazone, shopzilla.com alibaba.com, olx.com.pk and shoulderhandbags.org.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Sato Travel Company provides cheap traveling tickets for air line, railway and cars. It offers cheap traveling plans to Europe and many other countries of the world at a very economical rate with best services. Sato Trip

    ReplyDelete
  5. thesnooergame.com introducing latest snooker game for all game lovers, anyone can play online snooker game or download snooker games.thesnookergame

    ReplyDelete