Universal Syntax is a long-term research and production project created together with Beny Wagner. Working through moving image, text and lectures, the project seeks to untangle the human tendency to read the natural world as a text. The long and remarkably consistent history of the use of text as a metaphor for the interpretation of the natural world, present from ancient Babylonian observational practices to Galileo's reading of the solar system all the way to the human genome project, it ultimately the history of the human inability to experience the world unmediated. This is as much a history of media and technology as it is of science, culture and philosophy, and one we believe to be particularly suited to moving image.
Our first film in this series, A Demonstration, is currently in post production and is scheduled to be released in Autumn 2019.
The second film, Theater of the Invisible, is currently in production and is supported by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.
We have recently written an essay that addresses some of the concerns of the project:
And given a talk at Sonic Acts, Amsterdam in February 2019: