See also: [Performance Art]
[The Performed Text]
Aesthetics (again, briefly)
Again, the power of text
(as words that
in a language
that we have painfully and
IS much more powerful that we might imagine.
And of course it's much harder to manipulate
Consider the following image:
At first, we don't notice that it's a collage.
We are SO used to seeing the MicroSoft "swirl-e"
logo for the Inter-Net Explore-er in the upper
left hand corner. And we see a web address displayed
with a large Red on Blue text, curved, and stylised
"Gloom with a View" below that. And still everything
looks "normal" down until our eye wanders over
to the right and we see the cut-off text on a
slightly lighter colour of blue:
ew is an absurdist, live-
and then of course, the entire facade falls away
when we see in very blocky "cartoony" lettes
and then we note the word "Information" is
tilted -90 degrees (rotated to the right) and
thus reads "normally" - IF we tilt our head to
the right. And then the image of the two actors
becomes readily apparent that it's been split
up to make room for the word "information".
And what about "the '2d' balance" between
text and image.
I would put it at about 60:40 (text:image)
but that's because the VISUAL figure is so
much powerful (in general) than the TEXT
image in most cases - especially here since
the fonts are not "normal" and "dense" - as
would be the case with say BOOK or NEWSPAPER
That is, in our mind's eye - pictures DO speak
louder than words. I guarantee you that if
we had the text description of the cure for
cancer and altzheimer's disease next to a
v. attractive person of the opposite sex,
then the cure would be lost forever. But,
hey - that's just evolution of 1-4 Million
years competing (and conquering) the instilled
and learned ability of our conscious lifetime
up until this point; albeit, arguable that our
brains have been *selected* for langauge abilites
over the last ??x_000_000?? years.