My practice-related research furthers the discussion on artists’ books — and it’s peripheries, such as visual poetry — using the relevance theory of language interpretation as a framework to expand the conversation on multimodal art objects.
Relevance theory is a cognitively orientated theory of pragmatics, which focuses on aspects of interpretation. It considers how attention gets captured; it then follows inferential process to describe the effects the reader may experience. As a linguistics theory, it is centred on written and spoken language, however, I believe that its fundamental ideas are extendible beyond pure language study and are particularly illuminating in respect to artists’ books.
The study is conducted using UCL Special Collections and it is framed by a series of publications: artists’ books as well as projects, exhibitions, events, integrating theoretical research with my creative practice.