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‘Langages: Entre le dire et le faire’
Aurélien Froment, Bas Jan Ader, Fernanda Fragateiro, João Penalva, John Wood & Paul Harrison, Julia Rometti & Victor Costales, Manon de Boer, Meris Angioletti, Pedro Barateiro, Pierre Leguillon, Rosa Barba, Shilpa Gupta, Susan Hiller et Susana Mendes Silva
Curated by Filipa Oliveira

Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian Paris, 24 avril - 27 juillet 2013

We encounter Language everywhere, not only written or spoken language, but all those patterns or conventions that together can be understood as types of languages in themselves. In Letter on Humanism, Heidegger goes on to say that “Language is the house of Being. In its home man dwells. Those who think and those who create with words are the guardians of this house”. For this German philosopher, language is much more than a mere instrument of communication; it is the very dimension of existence. More recent theories, such as the one presented by Jacques Derrida or Judith Butler have proposed that we are constructed through language and particularly through a performativity of language.

When we speak of language we are not referring to concepts such as discourse, or to a linguistic grammatical approach to language. We are considering language as the construction of selfhood, of subjectivity, much beyond the formal aspects (words, grammar, utterances) that are connected to it. So to discuss language here is to contemplate it as a condition of thinking, experiencing and of creating.

This project envisions the way in which we can consider language beyond words, beyond speech, being aware that both words and speech impregnates almost every dimension of human experience with a particular impact on the visual arts, ushered in by Cubism where the written word enters the picture plane as a pictorial element as valid as any of the previous forms used by artists to describe reality.

172 pages, 185 x 230 mm, ISBN 978-972-8462-63-5

Available only at http://www.gulbenkian-paris.org