Talk: Creating a Non-Linear Visual Language

April 13, 2010




The lecture will start with a presentation of the non-linear graphic language "Elephant's Memory" and its core feature—an associative grammar dubbed "molecular." A series of illustrated and animated examples will attempt to accustom the audience with its basics. Several exercises may involve audience participation.
We shall then discuss the communication tools and toys that could be developed around this language, or any linguistic system based on a similar grammatical premise. We will then engage in a discussion on various topics openly related to invented languages, their developmental process and semantic scope, the relationship between technology and new language utopias, and how could such a system be reflecting the nature of language learning at all.


Timothee Ingen-Housz is a freelance researcher, artist, and designer living in Cologne, Germany.

Host/Chair: Deb Roy

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