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Between Word and Space

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Abstract

When a language refers to itself and because of this becomes transparent in relation to its background, a veil appears. Veiled, words develop an independent existence.01 They are no longer accessible to a certain kind of meta-language; the one which does not play to their resistance to meaning. Insofar as working with language is no longer confined to the construction of meaning, words become borderline cases of opacity. As such they are connected to the memory of other time layers to which they had once already belonged. Newly interwoven they dissolve this memory through a kind of mental exertion that moves between memory and language, blends, blurs, and at some places lets them become translucent.

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