Suddenly this Overview, Reading the Literal

Baindur, Meera and Kaikini, Srajana (2016) Suddenly this Overview, Reading the Literal. In: 2016 ASCA Transparency/Opacity Workshop, 21 Mar 2016, ASCA, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

What does it mean when one speaks in an opaque language? The construction of ‘experience’ in art has been closely explored through the concepts of ‘rasa’, ‘sensation’, ‘affect’ etc. in philosophical enquiry across the globe which have given rise to the question that informs my current research - the role of the ‘literal’ object and the objectified ‘letter’ in contemporary art practices. The ‘literal’ somehow finds itself at this strange crossroads of explicit and implicit communication. The Dhvani theory ( dhvani can be loosely translated as ‘resonance’) or the theory of Suggestion, one of the several linguistic theories in Indian aesthetic philosophy, emphasizes on reading and receiving language through multiple levels of interpretation. At the same time it puts emphasis on expressing emotions through material symbolism i.e referring to concrete objects in the world to convey an abstract expression. The landscape poetry in Tamil Sangam Literature is an example of highly charged symbolism where the landscape becomes the expression of the state of mind. Swiss Concrete poet Eugene Gomringer( Constellations, 1953) and artist groups like the Noigandres group of poets in Brazil – Haroldo de Campos, Décio Pignatari and Augusto de Campos invested entirely in the word, trying to shed its semantic weight and construct new ways of reading materially. Words turn into materials to make visual/sensorial experiences out of them - an inversion of linguistic role-play and a tendency towards a more universal poetry where form and content collapse into each other. What happens when one is confronted by an opaque material? How is meaning constructed out of a literal work. The paper will explore the conditions of the ‘literal object’ and the ‘object letter’ in contemporary art practices and engage with the two contrapuntal impulses of clarity and obscurity which frame a contemporary condition where-in art vocabulary takes recourse to the ‘material’ language once again.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Indian Philosophy, Dhvani,philosphy of language , Concrete poetry, Opacity,Philosophy of art,
Subjects: Humanities > MCPH Manipal
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email lib.mhl@manipal.edu
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2017 04:03
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2017 04:03
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/149995

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