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installation - riverside art center

Artist statement:

Perception seems forever framed by language - Shaping our views, thoughts and behaviors. I find possibility in a shifting frame and delight in the hopeless act of framing the frame. - JB Daniel

In 1933, Alfred Korzybski suggested the abolishment of the "is of identity" from the English language. In 1949 D.David Bourland Jr. proposed the abolition of all forms of the words "is" or "to be" (English without "isness", termed E-Prime or English-Prime).¹

The 7 verbs of being (is, are, were, was, am, be, been) take the form of virus like constructions made from modified low-tech sound modules hosted on the gallery walls. If activated (by pressing and releasing a momentary plunger switch found on each), a recording of one of the verbs of being will play. The sound produced may or may not appear recognizable as language.

The text articles in the installation come from the internet website "Wikipedia" (A collaborative electronic "encyclopedia"). I don't agree or disagree with the brief introductory summaries of the complex ideas that the articles present. My interest appears in what they do, not what they are.

Please feel free to move about and explore the installation. An eroding of the "white space" presented is expected.

Articles (with links)

Alfred Korzybski - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Korzybski     1

Map-territory relation - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_map_is_not_the_territory     2

Structural differential - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Structural_differential     3

Semantic differential - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semantic_differential     4

General Semantics - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Semantics     5

E-Prime - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-Prime (also a source of other E-Prime web links)     6

Philosophy of perception - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophy_of_perception     7

Philosophy of language - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophy_of_language     8

Linguistic turn - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linguistic_turn     9

Reframing (NLP) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reframing_%28NLP%29     10

Conceptual metaphor - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conceptual_metaphor   11

Neuro-linguistic programming - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuro-linguistic_programming     12

IS - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Is     (not included in the installation)

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