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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



T H E  W A Y  W E  W A L K E D  T O G E T H E R

The video piece, titled  T H E  W A Y  W E  W A L K E D  T O G E T H E R,  is composed of two essential elements: curated and edited footages from internet archives, capturing moments from human history, and a text component.

Developed during the Ars Electronica festival in 2023, this interactive video installation unfolded within a black box, isolating the audience while presenting footages depicting human crises throughout history. Two pivotal questions were posed to the audience at various intervals: "What do you see?" and "What do you feel?" The accompanying text comprises the responses gathered over five days of presenting the work.

Motivated by a quest to explore the possibility of connecting with each other's inner worlds, Sanaz Rafii, hailing from Iran with a background shaped by dictatorship, censorship, and limitations, embarked on this project. The initiative gained momentum in September 2022 with the "Women, Life, Freedom" movement following the tragic murder of Mahsa Amini. This period marked a profound disconnection from Sanaz Rafii's Austrian living environment, as the struggle in Iran resonated deeply.

The transformative question emerged: Can diverse backgrounds bridge the gap and connect on a profound level? Sanaz Rafii, recognizing the uniqueness of her experiences, sought to explore the potential of connecting inner worlds through art.

The text within the video encapsulates the audience's responses, serving as a collective exploration of shared inner worlds. To those who engage with this piece, Sanaz Rafii invites reflection on and response to the same questions, fostering an ongoing dialogue of connection and understanding.


Sanaz Raffii is a multitasker in visual art. With a background in computer engineering,photography and art history, she builds her works combining various mediums andperspectives. Starting her practice with photography and studying the history ofcontemporary art, she later encountered The Statements by Lawrence Weiner(1969) andTime and Free Will by Henri Bergson (1889). She switched her focus away from objectsand have been seeking for the definition of time and a visual presentation of it. She hasbeen using different mediums. since 2020, she has been focusing of performance andvideo art.
Together with Soheil Rostami, she is a founder member of Gaah Production Art Space.Gaah is a platform for production and practice development for young artists in thesuburbs of Tehran. In addition, Rafii works on translation and publication of artist books.she started studying in Kunstuniversität Linz for her master degree in Time based mediafield in 2020. She has been participated and curated exhibitions in Iran, Italy and Austria.