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Outside the (White) Box: 言霊

Li, Tong (2024) Outside the (White) Box: 言霊. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Li, Tong

To begin this research is to begin an inquiry into the power of language, the power of critical thinking, and the power of individual agency. While examining influential precedents and contemporary examples of linguistic development within social and artistic realms, I seek to highlight the use of language in art and life as a pathway to call for critical thinking, reshape the established reality, and open up new possibilities. Through a series of case studies, I attempt to answer the following questions in my research: How did we end up in a panopticon made of language, and how did language become the weapon for social discipline? Is breaking free from the panopticon possible, and if not, what can we do? Weaving the analogy between the gallery and the bigger societal picture as a thread, I try to propose new venues for mind and social transformation through curation and art-making. In other words, how can we transform the self and reality, or promote new ways of being through the use of language in art?

Date: 1 May 2024
Uncontrolled Keywords: Language, The Power of Language, Kotodama, Language art, Text-based Art, Fluxus, Non-intentionality
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Criticism and Curatorial Practice
Date Deposited: 08 May 2024 20:28
Last Modified: 08 May 2024 20:28
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/4374

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