‘…a language, any language, has at its base, a certain metaphysics, which ascribe, consciously or unconsciously, some sort of structure to this world’ Alfred Korzybski

In this work, painting is explored through a series of animated reveries that develop into images. Ideas from communication theory, from Korzybski to Bateson, inform the work, which itself, is formed into three chapters : ‘Meta’,’Semantic’ and ‘Painting’.

To begin, a working definition of ‘Meta’ is adopted that leads to a depiction of a modern day St Sebastian, perforated by signals and waves. Then, ‘semantic’ territories of painting are explored with the help of Marcel Marceau and Neil Postman’s ‘meta-semantics ‘. Finally – Bob Ross wards off ‘death’ as he joins us to paint in the ‘post medium’ condition….

The following text should be read alongside watching the film. It can be opened here: M-S-P – web

The work was presented at the 66th Institute of General Semantics symposium in New York City, October 2018