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|<nettime-ann> new issue of transversal web journal: practices of transmuting signs|
practices of transmuting signs
Transmutation is the transformation of one object into another. In alchemy, it is mostly associated with making gold. In linguistic theory, we understand it to mean a process of intersemiotic translation. For Roman Jakobson, transmutation is “a rendering of linguistic signs by means of signs from non-linguistic systems of signification.” Instead of the alchemists’ pursuit of gold, this process of transmutation involves the search for forms of articulation that go beyond language. The texts brought together in this web journal describe such semiotic procedures, which can no longer be grammatically embedded in an existing system. In this sense, transmutation opens up new political possibilities. Transgressing the rules of the dominant order in a targeted way can give rise to new forms of rebellion that express a desire to undermine or abolish those rules. The new political condition is the very gold into which these forms of rebellion seek to transmute current conditions through a series of combative practices: political activism, theatre or the rap of the French suburbs.
Ljubomir Bratić: A Strategy
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