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THEADORA WALSH


hello! I am a writer and performance artist who makes work in the intersection of those fields. I’m into the physicality of language, its existence in time, and the tension between speech and its documentation. My work amplifies the subjectivity of language by creating poetic images that hinge on the edge of recognition and alienation--legibility and incomprehension. Time, memory, and the social nature of language play central roles.


WRITING

I Love Repair
Prose
Essays


VIDEO WRITING

AAAA, BBBB, CCCC & the rest
Subtitle Drift

Aberration of the Translator


PERFORMANCE

Touch Guide
Automatic Word Processing
Horse Players


TEACHING

The Essay Video
Introduction to Digital Writing



Mark



AAAA, BBBB, CCCC, and the rest are 26 GIF-poems which cycle, word by word, from one poem to an entirely different composition. The animated quality of the poems engages the word as an increment of language. Thinking of the concrete elements of a sentence (letters) as individual pictures, the piece further explores the unitary system of writing by taking that alphabet as an organizing principle. The 26 poems correspond to each letter of the roman alphabet. Each poem is experienced temporally, as a constantly shifting constellation of letters. Meaning becomes less important, and less legible, as the ever-shifting language makes reading for content difficult. So, language as form and as visual material collaborates with poetic devises, creating a new animated lyric.