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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



Linguistic Metamorphosis: Unveiling the Immigrant's Journey

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Each collage is a story, each word a chapter..
In this compelling project, the Amirali Bashiri delves into the interplay of language, identity, and adaptation.
Post-immigration, language serves as both material and medium, capturing the transformation journey.

Left: 9von10 front. Right : 9von10 back

Reimagine, recreate, redefine language.
These neologisms, coined from fragments of daily life and visual cues in the new environment, breathe life into mundane advertisements and signs.
Each collage narrates the artist's linguistic journey, forging new words that may not be found in dictionaries but resonate profoundly.

Some words emerge from shared alphabets within a single source, while others incorporate varied materials. As unconventional as they may appear, these linguistic creations transcend definitions, carrying the Amirali's unique journey and experiences.
They invite us to reflect on the fluidity of language and the artist's remarkable narrative of linguistic transformation.

Left: Rauchen open. Right : Rauchen fold

Left: Gesundheit open. Right : Gesundheit closed

In the world of words, we find new worlds..
“After immigration with living and learning a new language there are moments that I make new words/verbs with what I hear partially from environments or Visually while reading signs or advertisements in billboards or products in supermarket. I used everyday advertisements, signs and text that I encounter in my new everyday life. Simple collages with words that I made up. For some I use same alphabets in the same paper or same article for some others I use various materials from packaging or envelopes. The words even might not exist or have any meaning in dictionaries. { auchen – menheits } but for me makes sense and have meaning."

Amirali Bashiri (1984 Tehran-Iran) is a student of the Master Program Time-based Media at the University of Arts and Design Linz, Austria. Due to his Bachelor in Sculpture from Tehran University, Faculty of Fine Arts, He has gained professional experiences in Fine Arts (sculpture, drawing, print, video installations) and applied arts (set design for theatre, advertising agencies, and artistic direction). Nowadays He investigates and follows his interest in fields of gender, queer, cultural, and territorial studies, He tries to increase his knowledge and widen his perspective on these subjects. His artistic pratices is mainly focused on experiencing duality in life and uncertainty and errors. He lives and works in Linz-Vienna Austria.