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  1. Task 2 Natalia Grucova

  2. Class Excercise • In my group ( Stevie, Dan and me) we decided to create series of characters on very random bases. • We took a piece of paper, fold it three times. • We took turns drawing body parts not knowing what the previous person has drawn. • In the end we created 3 completely random characters which we named as well.

  3. Narrative • Next step was to create a narrative for these creatures. Since they took shape at random the story that goes with them must be random too. • Again we took a piece of paper folded it and took turns in writing a nonsense story.

  4. Outcomes • I enjoyed this exercise because I did not have to think if the result is going to be any good. • Our nonsense and chaotic outcomes are somehow free and humorous. • I believe this to be a great way to get rid of artistic or writers block. Just let the thought flow freely do not think about the outcomes and let the subconscious train its magic.

  5. Semiotics

  6. Ferdinand Saussure • It is... possible to conceive of a science which studies the role of signs as part of social life. It would form part of social psychology, and hence of general psychology. We shall call it semiology (from the Greek semeîon, 'sign'). It would investigate the nature of signs and the laws governing them. Since it does not yet exist, one cannot say for certain that it will exist. But it has a right to exist, a place ready for it in advance. Linguistics is only one branch of this general science. The laws which semiology will discover will be laws applicable in linguistics, and linguistics will thus be assigned to a clearly defined place in the field of human knowledge. (Saussure 1983, 15-16; Saussure 1974, 16)

  7. Roland Barthes • Barthes declared that 'semiology aims to take in any system of signs, whatever their substance and limits; images, gestures, musical sounds, objects, and the complex associations of all of these, which form the content of ritual, convention or public entertainment: these constitute, if not languages, at least systems of signification' (Barthes 1967, 9)

  8. Umberto Eco • One of the broadest definitions is that of Umberto Eco, who states that 'semiotics is concerned with everything that can be taken as a sign'  (Eco 1976, 7). Semiotics involves the study not only of what we refer to as 'signs' in everyday speech, but of anything which 'stands for' something else.

  9. How did this influence experimental practice? • These three thinkers were connected not only through their interest in semiotics but also through their ability to think out of the box. • Barthes went even that far as looking at different fields of life and finding parallels and similarities by which he could spread the use and significance of semiotics.

  10. We live in a complex world as complex creatures. Accepting the fact that everything on this planet is intertwined can bring great innovations not just to the world of semiotics but also in the world of arts. • Practising experiment and merging different crafts can push the borders of postmodernism even further.

  11. Can experimenting go wrong? • However I believe one should know where to draw a line. • This “project” is an example of somebody making a statement which is far from creative or experimenting. •