Figures of Speech (Formation of a Crystal)


Figures of Speech (Formation of a Crystal), installation view Hollybush Gardens, 2009
wood, fabric, paint, digital prints

The four wall based works – part costume, part wall sculpture and part deconstructable sculptural elements (Figure 1 – 4) are based on the four positions developed in Figures of Speech 1 and Figures of Speech (diagrammed). This implies that the first three Figures refer back to The Complex Object (Affecting Abstraction #3), Object and Disintegration: The Object of Three and O Eu e o Tu / The I and the You. The fourth position / Figure 4 does not refer to a previous work but to a speculative speech-condition based on the concept of virtuosity as worked on by Virno.

Through the concretization of the positions as sculptures a logic of/in language is broken by a formal and material logic that aims at interrupting and fracturing the idea of linear progress implied in the previous works in the series Figures of Speech.

The two texts on each poster describe specific the speech-acts and conditions connected to the sculpture and its history, respectively as recollected past (in past simple tense) and passing present (description as image in present simple tense).


Figures of Speech (Formation of a Crystal), installation view Hollybush Gardens, 2009
wood, fabric, paint, digital prints


Figure 1 (Context, Past, Present, Future), Figures of Speech (Formation of a Crystal), 2009
wood, fabric, paint, digital prints


Figure 2 (Collaboration & Subjectivity), Figures of Speech (Formation of a Crystal), 2009
wood, fabric, paint, digital prints


Figure 3 (Conditions of Agency), Figures of Speech (Formation of a Crystal), 2009
wood, fabric, paint, digital prints


Figure 4 (Production of Speech), Figures of Speech (Formation of a Crystal), 2009
wood, fabric, paint, digital prints