SPELL

LIGHT SCULPTURE — 2015

Next show : 11 au 15 october 2016 Festival Photophore at Odéon Tremblay-en-France

  • Spell @ Cabinet de curiosités des langues de France - Orléans, 2015

  • Spell @ Cabinet de curiosités des langues de France - Orléans, 2015

  • Spell @ Cabinet de curiosités des langues de France - Orléans, 2015

  • Spell @ Cabinet de curiosités des langues de France - Orléans, 2015

  • Spell @ Cabinet de curiosités des langues de France - Orléans, 2015

Loosely based on LED displays, SPELL supplies lists of remarkable words. But unlike the usual displays, it spells each word out one letter at a time. Faced with a series of letters shown one at a time, the viewer has to ransack their linguistic memory to reconstitute each word the SPELL machine runs through, and, in a sense, relearn how to read. SPELL puts the whole cognitive process of reading to the test. The reflex of recognizing whole words at a single glance, which is automatic for us ever since we learned to read, proves unequal to the task of deciphering words displayed over time in discrete puzzling parts. The word list is carefully chosen for each venue ; for the show in Orléans, the list comprises French words of Arabic origin, e.g. abricot, algorithme, bougie (i.e. candle), caramel, douane (customs), geôle (jail), goudron (tar), hasard (chance), mesquin (mean, petty), sucre (sugar), zero etc.

Spell - Cabinet de curiosités des langues de France - Orléans, 2015

CREDITS

Electronics : Soixante circuits

Program : Jean-Marie Boyer

Last show

06.11. 2015 > 20.11. 2015 within the exhibition Cabinet de curiosités des langues de France at the theater of Orléans. Curator : Labomedia