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Speechless – Axis Syllabus
Past-into-future slipstream, a near-silent journey
We string ideas and concepts along in a linear chain as we read or speak. This means that our understanding is shaped by an arbitrary hierarchy in the order of appearance, rather than what might be causal or pertinent to the quality or function of an action. This is true even when we describe events that are happening simultaneously. There are of course definite uses for this attribute, but it also imposes a fundamental, incontrovertible limit.
In this session I will introduce a basic working set from the symbolic language I have been developing over the past 20 years, the "Human Movement Alphabet (HMA)", which has evolved into an economical way to capture or express complex process or simultaneous events in a single character. The HMA character or symbol represents a nexus point that allows me to consider multiple departure points for arriving there, and multiple destinations or outcomes. I have found the HMA to be useful in dissolving the arbitrary value-attribution problem inherent in the verbal languages. In this session, I would like to avoid using the spoken language as much as possible, instead rely on sign, symbol and gesture to convey, outline, evaluate, practice and invent.
Come prepared to move more than to speak, armed with pen, paper or a tablet drawing app.
ArtistBio: Frey Faust