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Eric McLuhan interviewed in Signs of the Times: The History of Writing (Goëss Video, 1996) suggests that ‘The future of the book is the aphoristic statement.’ An aphorism is a short statement that communicates an insight or truth about the world (and can sometimes function as a guide to action). Aphoristic knowledge has traditionally been transmitted through texts and through libraries. The new potential for the dissemination and archiving of wisdom from past thinkers is explored in this practice-based research project. Various modes of re-circulating aphoristic texts are brought into play using media such as moving image, projection on to urban screens, artists’ books, archival digital photography and glazed ceramics. In line with a methodology of ‘viral inhabitation’, the texts inhabit a number of public sites - sites that have tended to become saturated by commercial interests. Preserve, Renew, Invent [Light Bytes] is an artist-initiated series of works situated in the interdisciplinary context of artists’ books and contemporary text art.
|Keywords:||Artists' Books, Aphorisms, Maxims, Memes, Visual Art, Ceramics, Digital Publishing, Design, Culture, Philosophy, Sociology, Urban Screens, Text and Moving Image, Concrete Poetry, Aesthetics, Semiotics, Typography, Bookworks, Buddhism|
Senior Lecturer, School of Art & Design, Faculty of Design & Creative Technologies, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand
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