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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.



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.



Echoes of Experience

Foreignness becomes a canvas, where stereotypes unravel, and the migrant narrative finds its voice.
This innovative project unfolds as a digital open letter, drawing inspiration from the Travelogues and Post-cards archive AKON within the Austrian National Library's digital collection. Motivated by a deep sentimental connection to the archive and personal experiences as a migrant, Rodriguez Morales explores the nuances of foreignness, exoticism, and the stereotypes associated with arriving in a new territory.


A metafictional archive unfolds, stitching together the threads of foreignness and creating a space for empathy.
At its core, the project is a reconfiguration of collected texts, giving rise to a new metafictional archive. This archive weaves a narrative that intimately connects with the emotional landscape of adapting to unfamiliar surroundings. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to navigate this narration without a prescribed order, immersing themselves in the exercise of empathy and confronting the complexities of the foreign experience.

In the heart of the migrant experience, 'Echoes of Experience' beckons, where stereotypes are shattered, and a digital embrace welcomes all to the shared journey.
"Echoes of Experience" stands as a testament to the power of digital storytelling in bridging personal narratives with archival treasures, creating an evocative space for reflection on the shared aspects of the migrant experience.

Valentina Rodríguez, born in Bogotá, Colombia (1998), is currently pursuing an MA in Time-based Media at Kunstuniversität Linz, Austria, following her Bachelor's in Fine Arts from the National University of Colombia.
Recognized for her artistic achievements, Valentina received the second prize at Premio Arte Jovén 2021. Her work has been featured in group exhibitions, including those by Nueveochenta Gallery and prestigious film festivals like ANIMEX and CINETORO. With a focus on archive material and found footage, Valentina explores image duality through various techniques like painting, engraving, drawing, and analog animation. Her art consciously blurs the lines between reality and fiction, offering a unique perspective on the past.



Artificial Lullaby

"Artificial Lullaby" is an art project that merges the realms of memory and artificial intelligence. The project is a multifaceted exploration, intertwining different mediums, both digital and analogue.

Childhood - Illuminations -  Arthur Rimbaud

That idol, black eyes and yellow mop, without parents or court, nobler than Mexican and Flemish fables; his domain, insolent azure and verdure, runs over beaches called by the shipless waves, names ferociously Greek, Slav, Celt.

At the border of the forest - dream flowers tinkle, flash, and flare, - the girl with orange lips, knees crossed in the clear flood that gushes from the fields, nakedness shaded, traversed, dressed by rainbow, flora, sea.

Ladies who stroll on terraces adjacent to the sea; baby girls and giantesses, superb blacks in the verdigris moss, jewels upright on the rich ground of groves and little thawed gardens, - young mothers and big sisters with eyes full of pilgrimages, sultanas, princesses tyrannical of costume and carriage, little foreign misses and young ladies gently unhappy.

What boredom, the hour of the "dear body" and "dear heart.

At the heart of "Artificial Lullaby" lies a poetic conversation between the artist and the artificial intelligence, spurred by the verses of Arthur Rimbaud's poem "Childhood." The project germinated from a desire to articulate the images and emotions encapsulated in the poem, as the artist sought to convey their personal interpretation to the AI.

The journey, however, didn't stop with Rimbaud's verses. It expanded into a broader, more intimate exploration. The generative animation breathes life into the artist's recollections, stitching together fragments from her childhood. These moving visuals become a cinematic tapestry, weaving the threads of personal history into the project's narrative.

"Artificial Lullaby" is a conversational experiment in the language of images and memories. Through the dance between human recollections and machine interpretation, the project becomes a testament to the enduring power of childhood dreams and the abilityof technology to resurrect andreimagine them.

Lesia Kvitka is a multidisciplinary artist, hails originally from Ukraine and lives currently in Vienna, Austria. Her creations embody a fusion that blends the innovations of today with the timeless essence of traditional storytelling. Lesia's deep fascination lies in hybrid multimedia techniques, where the convergence of generative art, augmented reality, and experimental media with analogue methods produces a dynamic synergy. This fusion allows her to transcend the established boundaries of time and space, resulting in a unique world that gazes toward the future while embracing a sensually nostalgic aura.
In her creative pursuits, Lesia delves deep into personal narratives, embarking on a journey that uncovers the nuances of individual paths, the subtleties of femininity, profound connections to national heritage, and the transformative experience of the artist's identity.



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.