Monday, July 25, 2005

Takeluma

While in Chinatown last week I luckily wandered into the Telic Gallery which happened to have a Peter Cho exhibition. Peter Cho has invented a phonetic alphabet (called Takeluma) made out of linear shapes which are assigned to the various sounds of spoken language. He has presented these animations on small screens mounted on canvases. Each canvas has a headphone mounted on the wall next to it. I happened to put one headphone on as the voice was repeating the famous words.”…one giant leap for mankind.” On the screen in front of me the display produced a graceful and enthusiastic arabesque across the screen in time with the words.

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