© Jessica Barness
Social media and electronic communication are convenient and ubiquitous, but also gaining momentum over physical human interaction. Dashdot, as… is a commentary on how we connect. It is a creative writing project, a typographic experiment using Dashdot, and further investigation into media translation.
The project began with Dashdot, as a Monologue, a 3-page visual essay (below, 8.5"x11"). The monologue itself is five lines of text, crafted into a typographic composition with disrupted syntax. The artwork is reconfigured on the second page, as lines of type, phonetic spellings of Morse code transmission, and Morse code itself. The final page is rendered in English. The monologue refers to aspects of human interaction and the 'reading' of a communication code as image rather than words.
Continuing this theme, Dashdot, as a Dialogue (at left, 17"x24") were designed to further explore connections between writing, interpersonal communication and interactivity. The typographic artwork contains five lines of the original text, and the commentary continues as a conversation between my recorded voice and a digital text-to-speech tool. The audio track is accessible by scanning the QR code with a mobile device, and is intended to be listened to through a smart phone held to your ear, or with earphones. Both visuals and audio have a low-tech “born-digital” roughness to them; the viewer – physically situated in front of the print – becomes a listener on a conversation that considers human contact over wires, air or pixels.
2013. Dashdot, as a Dialogue. Women’s Caucus for Art Stories We Tell juried catalog, New York, NY.
2013. Dashdot, as a Monologue. Miss Leslie's Magazine Redux literary arts magazine, 1(3), pp. 5-8. Redlands, CA: L. Brody.