2.12 / Legibility

February 23 2011


February 24, 2011.  

In Roland Barthes’ essay “Myth Today,” he notes that myth can take on any object and is defined, not by that object, but by how it shapes it into form.  Myth-making is a process that happens in speech, in writing, in image-making. Barthes is careful to note that each activity calls upon a different type of consciousness and that with visualization, further distinctions come into play between, for example, an original and its reproductions. In this issue though, artists and writers look across image and text to conflate the way we perceive the two, describing language as becoming form, or describing an image speaking back.  There is caution noted, as well, that object and context do not necessarily sit well together without the one swallowing the other, or without collapsing both. Prevailing is the fact that we read works of art. Enjoy. - PM



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