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No Texting

  • Mount Holyoke College 50 College Street South Hadley, MA, 01075 United States (map)

As the written word becomes more constrained by character limits and shrinking attention spans, visual language emerges to offer counter and expansive ways to process and communicate our emotions, experiences, and personal narratives. Visual language may represent the old school form of artistic expression, but the limits of language in the age of social media has given rise to truly bizarre norms. We now live in a time where celebs issue formal apologies via Twitter posted from iPhone screenshots to evade the 124 character limit.

Olympia presents: no texting, an exhibition that explores artistic expression outside of the at times weird and restricting world of textual language.

With the absence of text, the only perimeter of the exhibition portion of evening, artists have the opportunity to think about what a mark or shape communicates, rather than conform to a constricting theme, or even the anxiety that now comes with every tweet, app response or even artistic expression.

In this exhibition, Mount Holyoke’s literary magazine, Moneta, is excited to offer a counter perspective on the implications of words in art. By encouraging writers and artists to take up auditory and visual space that extends as far as the lives of their words and stories must, we hope to present a new framework of the world that expands beyond realms that are familiar to the audience and encourages empathy, compassion, and openness to new and revolutionary forms of spoken and visual art.

Earlier Event: November 16
Later Event: May 26
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