Little Clouds: Speech Balloons & the Air of Language

Ridout, Lizzie ORCID logoORCID: and Melzer, Tine (2023) Little Clouds: Speech Balloons & the Air of Language. In: An Atlas of Aspect Change: A Book on Shifting Meanings. Rollo Press, Zürich, Switzerland, pp. 459-475. ISBN 9783906213361

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Abstract / Summary

Peer-reviewed and edited article in the compilation 'An Atlas of Aspect Change: A Book on Shifting Meanings' by Dr Tine Melzer.

"Aspect change means seeing something as something else: it influences our minds, our linguistic practices, and our worldviews. The 'Atlas of Aspect Change' reflects shifting meanings viewed through the prism of language and intersubjective exchange. It elicits phenomena of perspective and reveals how words and images influence each other. It activates understanding of complex and ambiguous situations and shows how to stimulate and refine interdisciplinary discourse. The book bundles expertise from visual, literal, conceptual, cognitive, cultural, historical and geographical practices. With a foreword by Marjorie Perloff and contributions by Martin Stokhof, Thomas Strässle, Batia Suter, Liza May Post, Sigurdur Gudmundsson, Benjamin Hennig, Nicholas Davey, Silvia Maier, Alexandra Leykauf, Uta Eisenreich, Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes, Kasper Andreasen, Tobias Servaas, Nils Röller, Arja Karhumaa, Frans Oosterhof, Ton Zwerver and many more." [From:]

300-word supporting statement for ‘On Paper, Lines & Puffs of Language’ [video]; ‘Little Clouds: Speech Balloons & the Air of Language’ [book chapter]; ‘Remembering Air’ [works for an exhibition]:

This body of work further explored my interest in orality, breath and air, through a repositioning of the subject within an ecologically-conscious practice. Both studio-practice and writing examined the speech balloon and the cloud, unfolding our existing understanding of each, through a detailed breakdown from multiple viewpoints. The work was underpinned by the theories of ecologist/philosopher David Abram, concerning speech as shaped-air and the dichotomy of writing’s significance in ‘civilizing’ humans, whilst simultaneously contributing to our distancing from the natural world. Ludwig Wittgenstein’s concept of ‘Aspect Change’ – the ability to see one thing in multiple ways – was also a bedrock concept.

Funding through an Artist’s Development Bursary from The Box, Plymouth facilitated a 4-week artist’s residency at ‘Allotment Club’ (Penryn) which provided research time and space, fundamental in achieving a variety of explorative artistic/written/filmic outputs. It also supported the creation of the film ‘On Paper, Lines & Puffs of Language’ with film-maker Jasper Fell-Clark – for me a new way of documenting my practice – and the delivery of a paper at ‘Symposium on Aspect Change’, HBK Bern, Switzerland, 2021.

The book ‘Atlas of Aspect Change’ is sold in outlets worldwide and my article appeared alongside contributions from a diverse and respected array of designers/artists/writers/thinkers. Tine Melzer, its editor, asserts Aspect Seeing’s importance beyond arts and literary practices, because it allows us to transfer single truths into a conscious spectrum of meanings, suggesting its value not only as an essential cultural tool, but I propose, as a means for more empathetic modes of seeing and thinking.

Residencies at Allotment Club between 2019–2021 (of which I was one) demonstrated a lineage of reputable artists, and a need for residencies allowing connection and reflection upon nature, helping secure ACE funding (by Georgia Gendall) for a subsequent residency scheme in 2023, in which I was a mentor.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 9783906213361
Subjects: Arts > Graphic Arts
Communication > Graphic Design
Arts > Historical
Writing & Journalism > Literature
Arts > Fine Art
Philosophy & Psychology
Courses by Department: The School of Communication > Graphic Design
Depositing User: Lizzie Ridout
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2023 15:38
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2023 19:48


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