Archived Workshop

Journal of Therolinguisitics: Design and Nonhuman Languages

Experimental communication with the Interspecies Library

When

Saturday, June 15 2024

Time

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Cost

Pay what you wish, $25 Suggested Donation

Max # of Participants:

12

About Facilitator

Oscar Salguero is an independent researcher, archivist, and curator based in Brooklyn, NY. Salguero is the founder of Interspecies Library, the first archive dedicated to artists’ books exploring our relationships with nonhumans. Salguero is the curator of Interspecies Futures at Center for Book Arts (2021) and Decentering Strategies: Books as Portals to More-than-Human Worlds at Pratt Institute (2024).

Objective

In 1974, writer Ursula K. Le Guin published a short story introducing a new (fictional) field of research known as therolinguistics or the study of nonhuman languages (from the Greek “thero” for feral).

In this workshop, we will immerse ourselves in the contemporary world of interspecies communication, from both scientific and poetic perspectives. Together we will attempt to visualize the language of other organisms, such as bacteria, trees, insects, or whales, as an act of decentering language and exploring interspecies kinship. 

We will start by reading some excerpts of the original Le Guin story, followed by a presentation on a contemporary manifesto calling for poetic nonhuman language interpretations. The workshop will culminate in the design and development of unique visual journal “entries,” which will become part of a conceptual 2024 edition of the Journal of Therolinguistics.

 

What's Included

  • Paper
  • Assorted magazines
  • Pens, markers
  • Tape
  • Scissors

What to Bring

  • Open mind
  • Preferred markers (if available)
  • Additional magazine clippings (if available)
  • Sketchbook or notepad (Optional)

Requirements

Read the original story by Ursula K. Le Guin: The Author of the Acacia Seeds and Other Extracts from the Journal of the Association of Therolinguistics (1974). (pdf will be provided)

Disclaimer

Though reading the original story by Ursula Le Guin may help in giving some context and food for thought, participants of any age are welcome to join as the results will be purely visual and experimental.