Here I Say It, Here I Write It

"Neons Corridors Rooms" by Bruce Nauman

Introduction

In Bruce Nauman’s “Neons Corridors Rooms” exhibition, there are neon sculptures and sound installations that invite us to reflect on language. In them, the artist investigates its infinite potential in a study that uses sight, sound and sense and that seems to be echoed in Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations and in Merleau-Ponty’s theory of the “second body”.

Focus areas

  • History of Art
  • Philosophy
  •  Literature

Educational aims and activities

The arts tutors will help the students discover the many ways in which Bruce Nauman investigates the potential of language, using word play and linguistic paradoxes to create ambiguities and short circuits of meaning: by playing on sight and sound, and acting on the central role of the body in making direct contact with the work, the artist has us rethink and reflect on the many varieties of meaning that human communication can convey when conventions are cast aside and the usual contexts are undermined.
The session will mainly be held in the exhibition and it will focus on the use of the word and the role of the body and the senses in exploring the show, and the students will be asked to describe what they feel as they view it. Taking inspiration from Bruce Nauman’s work, the students will later be asked to attribute shapes, sounds or colours to the words that the exhibition has suggested to them.

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