Dissolving Written Language 字非文,文非字

一扁文章可理解作一個符號的合集。當我們按照一定的規律去排列這些符號時,文章便成為傳達概念的工具。為了有效傳達概念,我們會在排列符號時加入各種限制,如統一的字體、字距、顏色等。而這個實驗就是探討將這些限制消除後的狀態;文章的每個字(符號)都使用隨機的字體、字距、顏色等,令限制逐一消失,文章本來的意義將越見模糊,模糊的結果是純粹的圖像,限制的消失意味著重新賦予文章一個視覺上的意義。

Written language is essentially a collection of symbols. By carefully composing these symbols, a passage evolves to become an idea delivery device. The composition of these symbols usually comes with restrictions in a sense that we will choose a limited number of typefaces, font sizes, colors etc. so as to effectively deliver the meanings within. The notion of this experiment is to relax these restrictions. Meaning delivered within the written language dissolves when the restrictions vanish. Passage ceases to serve its original purpose of delivering ideas and instead it becomes a pure piece of graphic representation. By means of randomization of typefaces, font sizes and so on of each character (symbol), a new visual meaning will be inherent in a passage, which is originally in the form of written language. Injecting new restrictions unrelated to the original arrangement of symbols will add another layer of visual representation to the passage.

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Original Passage (Collection of symbols with inherent ideas to be delivered)

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Relax restrictions – the symbols appear as if there are rearranged with different restrictions. The original collection of symbols can even become pure visual representations

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An example of injecting new restrictions to symbol arrangement


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