Video Archive | Language (19)

Christopher Michlig Negations-clip_2562
Michlig presents a series of collages in which areas populated by text are extracted. He describes this process as a destruction...
David Karam And Gigi Biederman Post Tool-clip_5770
Karam and Biederman discuss a project for Body Shop International, in which the client wanted to convey listening and cultural...
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Prix discusses the "psychogram," which articulates the emotional sense of a space, and its role in his work and his thinking. He...
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David Abram characterizes animism as a state in which all things move, and there is no distinction between the animate and the...
David Abram
Ecologist, philosopher, anthropologist, and magician David Abram argues for the contemporary relevance of animism, suggesting...
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David Abram quotes Swedish poet Tomas Transtr?mer's description of a landscape that communicates with a language without words....
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David Abram describes the oral traditions of indigenous peoples as "the living encyclopedia." All of the ancestral knowledge of...
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David Abram takes questions from the audience. He argues that if we want to establish a ecological connection with the land and a...

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Michlig presents a series of collages in which areas populated by text are extracted. He describes this process as a destruction of language and a reconstitution meaning. Next, Michlig explains his inspiration from the pioneers of Soviet architecture and their interest in public formats for communication. He then addresses the influence of political theorist Herbert Marcuse while referencing his thesis on the individualized society.


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Karam and Biederman discuss a project for Body Shop International, in which the client wanted to convey listening and cultural sensitivity for their wide customer base. The product became CD-ROM that functions in 21 languages, making the user actively tune into the content.


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March 20, 1997 |

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Prix discusses the “psychogram,” which articulates the emotional sense of a space, and its role in his work and his thinking. He and students discuss language, communication, and perception. Prix speaks about his experience in Los Angeles, which he sees the city as a laboratory of urban and social development. Prix responds to questions about social issues and the implied context on his design work.


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November 13, 1996 | Video Lecturer:

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David Abram characterizes animism as a state in which all things move, and there is no distinction between the animate and the inanimate. In animistic cultures, magicians are people adept at creating a rapport with different shapes of awareness, and are often too “emotionally porous” to cohabitate with “the human gang.” Acting as intermediaries between the land and humanity, these magicians have the ability to heal imbalances that arise.


David Abram

November 13, 1996 | Video Lecturer:

Ecologist, philosopher, anthropologist, and magician David Abram argues for the contemporary relevance of animism, suggesting that many indigenous cultures offer healthier and more sustainable models of interaction between people and the land, and the non-human population. He stresses the significance of language, and argues that if we want to establish a ecological connection with the land and a better relation with the “more-than-human world,” all language has to become poetic.

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David Abram recites the words of an old Inuit woman as recorded by Knud Rasmussen in the early 1900s. Adopting her persona, he...
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November 13, 1996 | Video Lecturer:

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David Abram describes the oral traditions of indigenous peoples as “the living encyclopedia.” All of the ancestral knowledge of the culture is held in these stories and the stories themselves are rooted in the land. To push an indigenous people out of their land is to extirpate them from their entire matrix of meaning. In contrast, he describes Western civilization as “the alphabet civilization.”


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David Abram takes questions from the audience. He argues that if we want to establish a ecological connection with the land and a genuine connection with “the more-than-human world,” our language has to become poetic. Language has to be used in a way that is not just precise but is also beautiful. When humans communicate “as animals,” they avoid speaking as disembodied heads, and use rhythm, tone, song, and texture of words to speak to the body.