I am eyeye

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Jul 03 2016

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Category: Asia, India

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I like eyeye. It is one of the words coined by Aram Saroyan that were written on walls at the Kochi Biennale. One eye overlapping a second eye, like in the vision through our own pair of eyes which enables us to see the world.

I like lighght. To see, we need light in our eyes, light in the world. But light has another meaning as well, it’s not heavy. And somehow lighght makes me think in that direction. The extra gh doesn’t make it heavier as one logically would think; it makes it lighter! To me lighght feels lighter than light.

DSC00409 Kochi Biennale 2014 - Aram Saroyam

At the exhibition the creations of Saroyan are called ‘minimalist poems’, a term that does fit his ‘sky every day’ in the photo above. But I don’t think it is appropriate for the letter groups in the top photo. ‘Wordpictures’ would be a better term (in Dutch: ‘woordbeelden’). Images like ‘eyeye’ and ‘lighght’ are strongly word-based, but their visual design aspect is equally important. If not more important, as in the linked I and m (from I’m, short for I am) forming one single wordpicture.

Photos of the week: minimalist poems (1968) by Aram Saroyan on walls at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kerala, India 2014

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