Friday, January 8, 2016

Guy de Cointet at Museum Leuven

Guy de Cointet at Museum Leuven
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Never being quite sure what is going on is part of it, Disequilibrium, a state of being in which never quite sure of what the object is.  De Cointet's objects are coded, transmuted abstractions. Like all those interminable children's videos on Youtube, a woman holds up a ball and a voice narrates, "Ball" and transforms to a triangle and someone states, "Triangle" the child delivered the information of the semantic system that makes communication, taught; prior to this the world is "meaningless" shapes, colors. Language acquisition accrues through inference through existing in the world where those objects exist, and this is like de Cointet's plays, where slowly we learn or infer the meaning of large dumb objects and some we just never know.