New Language: Englyph

Tim Roseborough’s language, Englyph, puts a different perspective on text-based art. At first, it’s difficult to envision Englyph as synonymous with English because it’s rather foreign (literally). As Roseborough explains in his piece, Notes In/troducing Englyph, the aim is to take what we know and make it into something we don’t know. Truthfully, if Englyph were the only mode of communication, I’m sure the reader would begin to create and affix meaning to the characters over time. Yet, who wants to brave this territory? Who is willing to engage in this process of reduction? Glyph by glpyh? Interestingly enough, this mode of interactive, text-based art has me convinced that Roseborough’s future projects will further push our understanding and perceptions of visual language and, perhaps, giving a new meaning to symbolic language.

To fully grasp his art work, you must interact with the piece online. Please click here to experience Englyph.

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Author: Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos (b. 1978) is a Filipina-American writer, editor, curator, and educator whose research interests include new media and digital art, activism, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. She serves as one of the editors-in-chief for Hyphen magazine. Her work appears in art21, Art Practical, Daily Serving, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, and SF MOMA's Open Space. She has lectured at the De Young museum, Stanford University, School of Visual Arts, and more. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” was published in The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture (2016). She is currently a Yerba Buena Center for the Arts fellow researching the concept of citizenship. She also serves as executive staff for the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism and board member for the SOMArts Cultural Center.

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