Pretty Vacant Parallel Language

Herman Melville:

This chart divides the ocean into districts of five degrees of latitude by five degrees of longitude; perpendicularly through each of which districts are twelve columns for the twelve months; and horizontally through each of which districts are three lines; one to show the number of days that have been spent in each month in every district, and the two others to show the number of days in which whales, sperm or right, have been seen.

Justin Quinn:

Eeee eeeee eeeeeee eee eeeee eeee eeeeeeeee ee eeee eeeeeee ee eeeeeeee ee eeee eeeeeee ee eeeeeeeee; eeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeee eeee ee eeeee eeeeeeee eee eeeeee eeeeeee eee eee eeeeee eeeeee; eee eeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeee eeee ee eeeee eeeeeeeee eee eeeee eeeee; eee ee eeee eee eeeeee ee eeee eeee eeee eeee eeeee ee eeeee eeeee ee eeeeee eeeeeeee, eee eee eee eeeeee ee eeee eee eeeeee ee eeee ee eeeee eeeeee, eeeee ee eeeee, eeee eeee eeee.


In my research E has become a surrogate for all letters in the alphabet. It now replaces the other letters and becomes a universal letter (or Letter), and a string of Es now becomes a generic language (or Language). This substitution denies written words their use as legible signifiers, allowing language to become a vacant parallel Languageā€”a basis for visual manufacture.


Mooon River