Language is a medium with which communication is achieved. Language is a collection of signifiers that are used to explain, inform, et.c. Language is created and only means as much as it is understood to. Language has a tendency to be understood differently by different people, which leads to language meaning something that was never intended for it to mean.
The Gribbler offers examples of how language often communicates in a way that is counter intuitive to its intention.
You can find these two guys (they’re sort of book-type things) in .pdf form by clicking through the respective images.
A tumblr: http://thegribblerofficial.tumblr.com/
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And an EP available for download: http://thegribbler.bandcamp.com/
Show us who you are…
Shown on North Great George’s Street as part of “Four Floors Above”, this is an interactive installation that looks at people’s cultural dependence and how it is evident even in the simplest of things, like pretending to cloth a naked blob on a sheet of acetate.
That’ll be me, someday
Moving on from the above work, this piece looks at the figures who dictate what is acceptable and not culturally: the televisual gods, if you will, whose influence only lasts as long as their time as ‘FLAVOUR OF THE MONTH’ (which may or may not be a month).
A series of non-events: 24/03/12, 04/04/12, 13/04/12 and 14/04/12.
“Educating the Masses”, 2012
“Educating the Masses” is a piece consisting of a video, “Television and You” (linked above), and a notepad, “What Did I Learn?“.
Television and You is an obvious parody of a typical, educational film. The video stars a narrator who talks nonsensically about the negative effects of television, making them up as he goes along, as well as Timmy Valdez (TV) who is an example, according to the narrator, of a typical person who has been afflicted by television’s devious ways. The video looks at the influence of TV on how a person dresses, acts and their expectations in life.
What Did I Learn? is a notepad left in front of the the television which the film is shown on. The viewer is given the option to write down what they have learned from watching the educational film.
The idea is to point out that television is bad, but to do it without being either for or against it. The video takes the debate and makes a joke out of it which would in a sense be a negative take, whilst it is also a video against television making it stand on both sides. It exists as an example of both sides. The viewer can then write out their understanding, but will always make a funny remark because of the entertainment quality seen in the video due to them not acknowledging there being a point behind something that is so ironically funny/assuming they know everything because of how the video is presented without reading the the deeper meanings.
Dead Receiver – Sound recording (2011)
Almost a parody of radio broadcasts through the exploitation of the vague definition of the word ‘synonym’. Synonyms are words that share meanings, but when applied to a statement they tend to render it, in its entirety, meaningless.
The language heard from the imitation-radio-segments is correct by the definition of a synonym, however the speech is undecipherable and, at times, completely illogical. Examples include a news report about a sandwich-eating dog, a man singing about rainbows and a politician avoiding an issue with a prepared, self-glorifying, motivational speech.
The piece was originally written by myself (Dary Gregg) and then edited by way of substituting nearly every single word with a synonym. The scripts were then read, recorded and edited to create a pseudo-radio-broadcast.