Feb 2023 - Apr 2023

Ever-evolving, language stores the history of our collective past, holds our memories, allows us to articulate our thoughts, and preserves a foundation of knowledge that allows us to collaboratively build toward the future.

Language is a signal from the past.

What might have been if language had evolved differently? What graphic encodings could be speculated given a different set of historical and contextual circumstances? What were the forces that propagated some language encodings while consuming others? What insights can be uncovered as we navigate the historical paths and landmarks that chart the current shapes of our language?

Language is a map.

This exhibition presents a collection of creative research and artistic expression that explores language as a machine. A machine that compresses, records, and transmits a collective cultural knowledge. A machine of many operators servicing many objectives. A machine that labors, degrades, is repaired, upgraded. A machine that calculates and predicts. A machine that remembers and forgets.

Language is a machine.

Exhibtion Curation and Production by xLab: Levi Hammett, Hind Al Saad, Mohammad Suleiman, Haithem El Hammali
Showcasing with collaborating artists: Basma Hamdy, Fatima Abbas, Fatima Al Dosari, Giovanni Innella,
Hala Amer, Joshua Rodenberg, Lana Abou Selo, Martin Juras, Michael Hersurd, Rab McClure, Roudah Al Sheeb,
Saga Elkabbash, Sara Al-Afifi, Sara Khalid, Selma Fejzullaj, & Shima Aeinehdar

Exhibition Design: Hind Al Saad, Levi Hammett, & Meera Badran
Exhibition Posters: Hind Al Saad, Maryam Al-Homaid, & Sara Al-Afifi
Exhibition Production: Josh Bell, Lana Abou Selo, Rogsh Garcia, Humyra Najdan, Jood Elbeshti, & Hagar Allam

Commissioned by The Gallery at VCUArts Qatar