Friday, May 23, 2014

Two Eights

Coincident with the 8th Berlin Biennale is the 8th election of the European Parliament.

The poster atop this post sits outside the apartment of Antonia Hirsch. Is the woman in this poster of voting age? Perhaps not. Is her character the author of the text that runs from her throat to her sternum, a text that begins with a line from Martin Luther King's speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28th, 1963? Presumably. If someone were to vote for this party, would that help to free this woman from her textual shackle? That is the idea.

Below is the motif chosen by the Berlin Biennale to advertise itself.

In most cases, half of eight is four. But in this case, eight is in its concrete form. Thus, half of eight (8) results in a variant of two curly brackets or, as they are known in the UK, curly braces ({}).

Here is a discussion on the use of curly braces.

Here is an instrument of social control.

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