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Language Machine: Text, Code, and Poetry


· Sara Trawöger
· Amirali Bashiri
· Laura Sophie Meyer
· Aleksander Segieth
· Sanaz Rafii
Çağla Gillis
· Ralf Petersen
· Valentina Rodríguez
· Lesia Kvitka

Welcome to an innovative digital journey that breaks free from traditional expressions and invites you not only to write poetry but to become poetry.

Explore the depths with the Language Machine, seeking answers: what holds greater relevance in contemporary linguistic art? Is it the text as the essence that forms the foundation of poetry, or is it the beauty of textual form, akin to a code that shapes the perfect poetic structure?

This exhibition as a part of the Wrong Biennale 2023/2024 is a dynamic voyage into how language seamlessly transforms into a canvas for creative expression. It's a tribute to language as a living, evolving entity where words and code interweave, giving birth to intricate narratives. Our curated collection offers a multitude of interpretations, immersing you in the most captivating forms of language.

Here, a convergence of media, including hybrid art, videos, animations, texts, and sounds, presents a vibrant tapestry of voices. Each piece bears testimony to the limitless creativity that blossoms when art and language engage in an enchanting dance.

Join us from Noveber 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024 on this artistic journey where international artists gather to celebrate the power of words and the elegance of code. While our contributors span the globe, a significant portion hails from Kunstuniversität Linz - a center of experimental art and design in the heart of Europe, enriching the conversation with a unique perspective.

Kunstuniversität Linz
Domgasse 1
4020 Linz, Austria
Curator: Lesia Kvitka



A Cup of Typography

Çağla Gillis invites you on a captivating journey within the Language Machine exhibition, where the boundaries of storytelling are redefined. Like Ursula K. Le Guin's "Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction," Gillis presents a coffee cup that unfolds as a vessel of narratives. Within its depths, stories take form, manifesting in the patterns and shapes within the coffee grounds.

“It matters what matters we use to think other matters with; it matters what stories we tell to tell other stories with; it matters what knots knot knots, what thoughts think thoughts, what descriptions describe descriptions, what ties tie ties. It matters what stories make worlds, what worlds make stories.”
This cup is no ordinary container; it cradles tales waiting to be collected and gathered. Here, there is no singular hero, but a multitude of possibilities. A rearing horse on two legs, a blazing sun, a bird bearing news, a fish symbolizing abundance, a key signaling new beginnings, a woman gazing at the moon – all coexist in this space, echoing Le Guin's notion that "still there are seeds to be gathered, and room in the bag of stars."

These stories within the cup defy traditional narrative structures. They possess no clear beginnings or endings, reflecting the uninterrupted flow of daily life. They are tales without significant conflicts, mirroring the subtle intricacies of our everyday experiences.
Çağla Gillis' work is a testament to the power of storytelling as a form of art and expression, and within this exhibition, she encourages us to explore the limitless potential of narratives, where every story seamlessly transitions into the next, inviting us to ponder the intricate tapestry of life's experiences.

Çağla Gillis, based in Chicago and Istanbul, is a filmmaker whose work investigates women's experiences, everyday life, and imaginary topographies. She actively engages in work aimed at exploring the links between her personal life experiences and the broader historical and contemporary movements. She is doing her master's degree at Bilgi University Cinema and Television Program. Presently she is studying in the Time-based Media program at the University of Art and Design, Linz in Austria with a grant from the Erasmus Program.