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A Language of Symbols

Need a break from the hundreds of tables, timelines, and charts in the 2008 World Almanac?



Symbol languageChinese artist Xu Bing is "writing" an entire book that uses only symbols that could be used as an "international language of everyday life." Bing was inspired by airline safety cards and what he describes as "the continued standardization of transnational products and consumer lifestyles."

This past summer Bing tested his language at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Two people could sit at computers on opposite sides of a wall, type a conversation, and the words would be translated into symbols for the other person to see (read samples with subtitles or without subtitles).

Book from the Ground
Xu Bing interview (MOMA's Automatic Update exhibit)
(Found via artkrush.com)


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