THE MYSTERY LANGUAGE by Ve Sidra Magni explores the visual definition of language, and how closely we identify subtle shapes and markings with global meaning. Is the calligraphy a real, translatable language, or is it merely a collection of markings arranged in a pattern? When interacting with the calligraphy, the viewer immediately wants the correct answer and may feel anything from fascination to anger in response to being denied. But imagine how to an outside observer, our languages, which are merely a collection of markings arranged in patterns, would seem just as peculiar. A language is only real because we recognize it: because we understand our language as a referential tool to shorten the visual distance between an imagined idea and an actual one.
For more, see my primer on symbolism and semiotics.

Erysutelioan, 2014. (Video by vade)

Script im Park, 2008. Filmed in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin.

Ve Magni has performed around the world, including the Venice Biennale, New Life Berlin festival, Kunsthaus Tacheles, and in Los Angeles, Berlin, Chicago, Tel Aviv and more.

\\\”Everywhere one seeks to produce meaning, to make the world signify, to render it visible. We are not, however, in danger of lacking meaning–quite the contrary. We are gorged with meaning, and it is killing us.\\\”–Jean Baudrillard.