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A section of the 25 pages layered in the work Tehachapi I

Tehachapi I


Project Description

Jacques Derrida's Of Grammatology is a key text on Deconstruction. The work aims to destabilise our relationship with language as a written act - arguing against its objective or factual qualities.

In 2022, Joe Timothy Coleman used artificial intelligence, auto-correction and language translation software to mangle the text. In doing so, the original, cohesive meaning of the text has been lost, replaced by a seemingly random selection of words. The title "Tehachapi I" is the opening of the book - a total mistranslation of the title of the first chapter.

So far, a series of posters has been exhibited in an exciting audience-participitive format where visitors to the gallery could tear down and take-away a poster containing a line from the nonsense text- breathing human action back into the machinic text. A photogram of all 25 pages of the new work layered together mounted as a block further abstracts the text from itself.

The work is ongoing and a source of future pata-poetic deconstruction.

Artworks from this project.

Exhibitions of this project.

Artworks from this project have been exhibited in the following exhibitions.

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