Other Words – Braverman Gallery is proud to present a new media installation by Romy Achituv –Other Words In collaboration with Orit Kruglanski
Following Achituv and Kruglanski words: ´´In our efforts to express and to be heard we perpetually collide with the elastic and soft wall of language; each language with its infinite but constricted possibilities, each with that atoms it proposes for the construction of a world´´.
Other Words is an attempt to grasp the space between these atoms to signify the gap between words. The piece presents texts which are simultaneously illuminated by two language systems: written Hebrew, and Hebrew sign-language. The narrative is deciphered in parallel on two axes: on the time-line, following the progression of the signed text and its subtitled translation, and on the language axis, in the relation between written and signed word.
Sign-language is highly mimetic and expressive by nature, is grammatically loose in its rendering of the text. In Other Words written language serves as an anchor which enables a structure of the signed narrative.
The texts in the exhibit are divided between the white-dense erotic texts that occur in imaginary and surreal bodies, and the red-which present a relational function between paired objects in an attempt to draw attention to the semantic space created/invoked in between.
The tension between the two axes of interpretation, the gap between written and signed word, the distance between what we see and what we imagine, come together to create a complex experience, which is both sensual and intellectual, as well as abstract and concrete.