MOCA London presented 3 new digital animations by Alasdair Duncan for the South London Art Map Last Friday event.
Duncan makes colour saturated graphic Signs for the Future. His signs are stand-ins, signifying things that do not yet exist: not futurological predictions, rather they are emblems of the not yet imagined. For MOCA London, Duncan presented moving signs as video projections.
Duncan is broadly interested in making art that relates to the as yet unknown and unknowable of the personal, social, political and technological, not without ambivalence, but as presenting positive, progressive opportunity.
Duncan's signs employ the language of Je Zaum, a counterpart to a language coined by the Russian Futurist poets Velimir Khlebnikov and Alexei Krucheykh called Zaum (pronounced Za-oom), combining the Russian prefix 'beyond, behind' and the noun 'the mind, nous'. Zaum was described as a universal language, a language of indeterminate meaning that stands in for thoughts yet to be conceived. www.alasdair-duncan.com
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