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Language, space and place

Black and white photo collage of person at a desk in an alleyway
Fatima Rodriguez Montañez, 'Ginnel', MA Performance Design & Practice at CSM, UAL | Language Art Project 2020/21

Ginnel

Digital collage/photography.

Ginnel: a passageway between two spaces. A narrow strip often between terraced houses, a space considered to be a medium of communication between its residents. Now a space occupied by waste. What does this suggest for the online space as our current mode of communication? Communication no longer relies on words or on our physical presence. We now exist and cohabit in the online. What does this suggest for language?

Words become meaningless just as places become obsolete.

Artist bio

Fatima Rodriguez Montañez

Fatima Rodriguez Montañez is studying MA Performance Design & Practice (Year 1) at Central Saint Martins. She uses performance as a vehicle for exchange and experimentation, where she binds the space between the staged and the imaginary. Her first language is Spanish.

Poetic Spaces by Madina Masimova

Poetic Spaces

VR immersive world, poetry, 3D, digital. View the Poetic Spaces VR world.

Have you ever wondered of how poems looked like if they were spaces? Poetic Spaces are transformations of poems, written by Madina, into spaces. Having great interest in exploration of spaces, she investigated spatiality of language and ways to create environments by envisioning poems. Every time she writes a poem, she is imagining worlds behind them. There are stories and feelings in each poem expressed by language. Now, she is expressing language through spaces and invites you to visit them.

Artist bio

Madina Masimova

Madina Masimova is a Spatial Designer, Artist and Creator. Her practice focuses on creating and designing spaces and environments in the conjunction of technology, art, and science. She has great interest in outer space design.

Imaginative Lives of Signs

Photography, collage, 3D.

Imaginative Lives of Signs is a portraiture of language in architecture, insight into Cities of SignsCities of Signs is a type of cities described by Marco Polo in Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino. During travelling inside her home country, Azerbaijan, Madina noticed similarity to the Cities of Signs in a city Sheki. Looking into signs, she imagined them turning into spaces and reflected on the power of language. What if one uses signs as inspirations for creating architectural entities? Thus, she created spaces Imaginative Lives of Signs in her own vision. She presents a journey of signs becoming modern spaces through her imagination.

Artist bio

Madina Masimova

Madina Masimova is a Spatial Designer, Artist and Creator. Her practice focuses on creating and designing spaces and environments in the conjunction of technology, art, and science. She has great interest in outer space design.

Outdoor signs on buildings plus treasure box, halva, silk scarf and dried apple
Madina Masimova, 'Imaginative lives of signs' | Language Art project 2020-21
Text above and drawing of train below
Yulin Huang, 'The train is an anxious space', MA Fine Art at CSM, UAL | Language Art project 2020-21

The Train is an Anxious Space

Digital drawing and text.

The Train is an Anxious Space is a reflection on the extraordinary and strange space that is the everyday train. The text undergoes a pseudo-analysis of why the mode of transport evokes such uneasy impressions whilst referencing Foucault's elaboration on heterotopias in his essay Of Other Spaces.

Artist bio

Yulin Huang

Yulin Huang (she/her) studies MA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins and is intrigued by the concept of memory vs. documentation. She is Taiwanese/Kiwi and speaks English and Mandarin.

Neon signs in Taiwanese overlaid with moving repeating text
Yu Shao Lo, 'Taipei poetry map', MA Fine Art at CSM, UAL | Language Art project 2020-21

Taipei Poetry Map

Digital drawing and text.  Explore the artwork.

  • Click on the map markers to activate each 360° view.
  • Turn on the sound of your device.
  • Hover your mouse over the lettering that pops out from the images, to hear the various sentences spoken. These can combine to form a poem.
  • Download the poem text.

This artwork allows visitors to explore a number of different 360° panorama views of busy streets in Taipei, where you are invited to collect sentences from people talking and then use those sentences to make your own poem which can be downloaded.

This artwork is for desktop only.

Artist bio

Yu Shao Lo

Yu Shao Lo studies MA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins. The art practice is mainly site-specific installation in the urban environment. Yu Shao Lo is a Taiwanese artist and speaks English, Mandarin and Taiwanese.