Text is the visualisation of language – an attempt to specify what is meant in a clear, uncluttered fashion. Yet once we begin to process, we complicate it. What is the context? How is it meant to be understood or read?
We all recognise the aesthetic structure and various forms it adopts, but how we comprehend is subject to our own experiences and associations. Translation, like other activities human beings involve themselves in, entail making choices, and such choices imply interpretation.
With ‘Translate’ I was keen to explore these ideas visually through a process driven activity. The resulting piece is a dialogue created between a number of different devices, each bringing their individual quirks, sensor readings and distortions to the composition. From this I attempt to extract information; each stage bringing further digital degradation and obstructions to the fore.