[NetBehaviour] Splatter Aesthetics

Anthony Stephenson aps0loot at gmail.com
Sun Jan 23 17:22:41 UTC 2022

This photo and Sunday’s New York Times has led me to reconsider Damien Hirst position in the splatter art movement:
“Liquid Words
by Yve-Alain Bois
The e.sence of language is to be articulated. Such articulations can be as smooth as one wishes; the~' arc no less divisive for ail that. In order for language to function, signs must b,· isolable one from the other (Dtherwise they would not be rcp,·at.ble). At l'very Incl (phonctic, scmantic, syntactic. and so on) language has its own laws of combination and continuity, but its primarl' material is constructed of irreducible atoms (phonemes for spoken language. and for written, signs whose nature varies according to the system in question: in alphabctical writing, for example, the distinctive unit is the letter). Whoevcr says "articulation" always says, in the final instance, "divisibility into minimal units": the articulus is the particle. Language is a hierarchical combination of bits.”

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