Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Nauman & Linguisitic Miscommunication

"Nauman once remarked that what interested him were the "functional edges of language," where, he elaborates, it ceases to be a "useful tool for communication." In a similar vein, Bakhtin writes, "the desire to make one's speech understood is only an abstract aspect of the speaker's concrete and total speech plan." Communicative transparency is forsaken for the indeterminacy of the response. To be understood does not necessarily take precedent. This is perhaps why, throughout Nauman's art, the potential for linguistic miscommunication, even outright failures or lies, is preserved and encouraged." - Kraynak, Janet "Please Pay Attention Please: Bruce Nauman's Words" MIT Press (2005) p.35

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