TED is brilliant. I love good presenters and odd topics and fifteen minute talks. Last night I watched Mandy Len Catron talk about the language we use to describe love. We liken love to madness or combat, and consider it something that happens to us. She challenges that notion, presenting a different perspective that favours choice and agency, and is really quite hopeful. If you’d rather read, try her article in the New York Times.
I love the language and word-based art of Argentinian artists Léon Ferrari and . Much of his work is illegible, but you make can out some of the letters and it is clear that it is text. Some of it, the text is quite clear, but very carefully placed on the page for aesthetic effect.
Palindromes sit so nicely on the page, pleasing to the eye. It’s a nice number 212 – binary, yet a trio, two big ones embracing a small one, mirror image, backwards forwards, inverse reverse, perverse … whatever symbolism you find in that little symmetrical abstract representation of numbers. My favourite English palindrome is ‘Madam’.