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In the Absence of Script

In the Absence of Script

When: Saturday 25 Jan, 2014 12:00 AM - Wednesday 05 Mar, 2014 12:00 AM.
Venue: Maraya Art Centre, Al Qasba, Block (E), Third Floor (Maraya Art Gallery)

CURATED BY: Noor Al Suwaidi Throughout history mankind has found ways to express and document thought, mythology and beliefs through hieroglyphs and scripts. Script could be described as a phase in writing in which a sketch conveys the direct likeness to an idea. Languages legible or not, carry with them additive meanings. For example Mandarin may carry different meanings and experiences depending on your own past references, it could remind you of a movie, a cuisine or a trip you took to Asia. In our contemporary societies we look for ways to express ourselves, and we are constantly consuming words either off or online through various social media sites. In The Absence of Script engages five artists of mix mediums to visually think about the use of language and text in context of contemporary society. True access to reality is sensory and that is what makes up our view of the world. As Rudolph Arnheim, a professor of the Psychology of Art once said: "visual thinking" means that visual perception consists above all in the development of forms, of "perceptual terms," and thereby fulfills the conditions of the intellectual formation of concepts; it has the ability, by means of these forms, to give a valid interpretation of experience. Language, on the other hand, is in itself without form; one cannot think in words, since words cannot contain an object." All new works have been produced as a reaction of how modern day script is consumed, produced, and the connotations of visual intelligence.