‘…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

This work shows a series of animated thought processes that develop and settle into images. Ideas from communication theory, from Alfred Korzybski’s map/territory analogy to Gregory Bateson’s research into monkey communication, inform the work, which is formed into three chapters : ‘Meta’,’Semantic’ and ‘Painting’.

To begin, the increasing use of the term ‘Meta’ is highlighted, this leads to a depiction of a modern day St Sebastian, perforated by ‘meta-communicative’ signals and waves. Next, the ‘semantic’ territories of painting are explored with the help of Marcel Marceau’s mime art ( or mimesis?) and Neil Postman’s exploration of semantic environments. 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 and was also shown on BIG SCREEN LEEDS, in Yorkshire, UK – throughout December 2018.