Sign after the X

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Sign after the X is a net.art project from 3 canadian artists:  Marina Roy,  David Clark and Graham Meisner.

It is an encyclopedic interactive website that revolves around the letter X and its multiple meanings in our culture. This piece is a digital extension of Marina Roy’s book: “Sign after the X______”.

The book is like a journey to X, and investigates the letter X that is used in our culture as part of a complex sign system. The letter X is one of the most simple of graphic gestures and yet it has a complex history and mysterious presence in our language. The letter X censors, alludes to, stands in for, is a substitute for.

The letter X became part of Western languages and it has been used as a cipher for otherness and the unknown. As a survey of meanings and histories, the book is looking at how the letter X has influenced the realms of law, psychoanalysis, medicine, technology, geography, and linguistics.

The net.art work follows the paths of the book,  and allows the viewer to browse through the associations and dense theoretical ideas that have become attached to letter X. The piece consists of many interactive animated collages with voiceovers and music, creating a rich and strange interactive experience for the viewer.

The music is by Graham Meisner and the animation and images are by David Clark.

The project was funded by an Artists Research/Creation Grant from SSHRC, Canada.

 

Go and find your X: http://www.signafterthex.net/

 

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