The nine billion name of … / light installation [2011-2013]

Language Matters was the theme / topic of a workshop at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, where I started my work. I created an interface that enabled the visualisation of large amount of information while dealing with art theoretical questions as well. My research concentrated on the definition of artistic practices and the associative process of the beholder.
The project, The Nine Billion Name of… , dealing with the denomination and the limits of language– is shown on a LED wall  display.  It was inspired by Arthur C. Clarke’s novel,: The Nine Billion Name of God (1953). The award-winning novel tells the story of a Tibetan lamasery whose monks seek to list all of the Names of God. They believe the Universe was created in order to note all the names of God and once this naming is completed, God will bring the Universe to an end. To replace the handwriting process, and make it more quickly, they buy a super computer. While the essence of the story is assembling all possible names of God, I conjoin all existing sensible words of the dictionary with the term ’art’.
My installation embodies the constant definition and research process.  The denomination of things and its verbalisation is a difficult task, especially in the fields of art. By linking every word with art, like in the art historical terminology of the XX.th century (minimal art, conceptual art), some kind of concept rises during the reception of the beholder.  By reading the linked words, we involuntarily start to think about the possible definitions while the constantly changing panel inclines our brain immediately to combine and look for significance.  At the same time, it refers to Wittgenstein’s well-known statement: ’The limits of my language mean the limits of my world’.

Gallery Viltin, Budapest 2013:

Rietveld Academy Amsterdam 2011:

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