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The British Museum:Territories of Practice-Text Image

The British Museum

Territories of Practice-Text Image

Since I was young, I liked talk with other people, listening to them, and counselling with them. Once I started having conversation with people, I was unaware of the passage of 2 or 3 hours. That make me know about the communication importance among the people. For me, telling the story is fun. I can tell my opinion to somebody, I can also express and tell my feelings, and I was able to give my knowledge to somebody. That is why people around me tell me that you must be good at announcer, VJ, teacher or counselor. 

It is natural for me to have an interest in the important elements of communication; language, sound, and signal. Among them, expression mode of text included in the language has always been difficult for me. Text has been a biasedly recognized as a design field related to practical academia rather than communication work in my head. Looking for origins of text in various countries, it is identifiable that characters in Egypt or China expressed the communication in a format of image since humans started communicating with each other and recorded them as a course of development of hieroglyphics. Therefore, text is regarded as the most typical image of drawing and hence an image for communication. However, when I was unable to exactly identify how to express text in my work because it is a promised sign and also standardized in human society, the class “Territories of Practice – Text Image’ was of a welcoming rain to me. 

Since they were precious works preserved in the storage of the British Museum, I was unable to take a picture of them. However, I was satisfied by leaving a simple sketch of them that only I was able to identify  

Fred Wilson (American, b.1954) 575 x 480

Among them, there was a work that attracted me. It was the work in 1954 by an artist named Fred Wilson that performed in the field creating work in a theme of realizing the history and culture in each period as well as racial discrimination as an African-American from US exhibition by participating in Venice Biennale in 2003. This work expressed how the ink, an element for oriental drawing, spread in the shape of water drop or fungus on the white rice paper based on direct lettering of lines in styles that might be shown on poetic diction from novels by Moby-Dick or Claude McKay and works by Shakespeare. How the ink was spread out to the white rice paper was very effective and painting-type of image expressing African-American that was regarded as dirty fungus on Caucasian-dominating society, and direct and realistic lettering applied on it served as a role of delivering the powerful story and the meaning and also representing one efficient work that graphic drawing and design-based text were well harmonized. This work expressing the society with racial indiscrimination related to lack of communication without understanding the difference of Caucasian and African-American inspired me much in terms of whether to express behind themes of my work through efficient visual works with text along with theme of ‘communication.’   

Communication:communication like fabric


communication like fabric

The media art and drawing technique can deliver a message to the audiences to facilitate the communication with sympathy. In such way, the media can embrace artistic imagination while the art can widen its passage of communication, so the theme of communication can be expressed effectively once it is portrayed not by a single field but in combination of both art and media. I want to establish the foundation of my work on the old concept of the art, ‘Pictorialization Reappearance’ while adopting diverse media.

My art work shows what “communication” is. Life is given only once to everyone, and you creates your own story using the single chance by interacting with surroundings as a member of the society. In the story, you establish a connection to someone, and the threads of connections are used to produce a woven fabric as the full story of life.

Each tiny episode is combined to be the behind story of us. Cherished relationship and memories are stored in us, and they will be shared again when retrieved from our archive later on. They become a real communication among us. They will provide us different experience than simple conversation with strangers or about immature stories. An artificial behavior may be produced with special efforts. Every conversation among people will be evaluated for its value that becomes parts of a large scale story like a woven fabric with the artificial ones. The time of death may be interpreted as the completion of the fabric of life story, and you can complete the story of your life through communication of the fabric with others.