Experimentation and Initial Ideas






Language is playing an important part and has done since reading ‘The Library of Babel’1.  At present, it is represented solely through the action of typing.  The lettered keys on a computer creating that word to add to language and never ending knowledge.

‘a true sign language is a genuine human language [and] can convey anything that can be expressed in a spoken language…’2.

1st Tryout ((Cox 2013)) : (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGnpfG-x7go&list=UU3O3uydU0u80GaMDVzYgeRQ&index=3)

2nd Tryout ((Cox 2013)) : (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1oIsFeUZAc&list=UU3O3uydU0u80GaMDVzYgeRQ&index=2)


*Experiment further with rhythm and pace*Language created in movement*Canonised, subtle movements versus synchronised, sharper actions*Discover content – essential to meaning*Involve drawing/writing from memory as experienced in the moment, experimenting with drawing as a form of language*Books heaped onto desks, looking at breakdown of language*Use a range of technological devices*Development of content essential to support image.  Needs to be informative to be engaging.

As I began to recognise the pattern on the podcast, the more my mind began to wander.  I wanted to write a story with words such as ‘beginning’ and writing simple sentences such as ‘My name is Natasha’ cropping up.  It was almost like going back to basics, starting again, asking the question, for example ‘where do we learn to type?’ How has technology helped enhance our learning of language, helping us to expand our knowledge?

We then tried to base the performance on something contextually solid.  A Book.  Full of ideas, history and key figures, but which book?  The Book.  The Bible.  Translated into different languages and filled with codes and numbers, there is at least one Bible in every library; the core of belief and the beginning of language.  Babel is taken from Genesis.  Is there a way we could do something with the story of Genesis?  Or for that matter, The Book of Numbers, especially when speaking of codes?

Word Count: 311

Works Cited (in footnote order):

(1)    Borges, Jorge Luis (1998) “The Library of Babel”, The Garden of Forking Paths, trans. Andrew Hurley, New York: Penguin, p.112.

(2)    Trask, R.I (1999) Language: The Basics, 2nd edn, London: Routledge, pp.19-20.

(3)    Cox, Emily (2013) Blindfolded Performance/The Library of Babel, dir. Emily Cox, Online: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGnpfG-x7go&list=UU3O3uydU0u80GaMDVzYgeRQ&index=3  (accessed 16 February 2013).

(4)    Cox, Emily (2013) Blindfolded Performance 2, dir. Emily Cox, Online: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1oIsFeUZAc&list=UU3O3uydU0u80GaMDVzYgeRQ&index=2 (accessed 16 February 2013).

  1. Borges 1998, p.112 []
  2. Trask 1999, pp.19-20 []
Posted: February 7th, 2013
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