'Descriptive text', 2017, print edition of 3250, 14×12,5 cm
Is there a connection between the modern architectures of discourse and the modern form of government known as democracy? How does design of speech platforms generate speech and vice versa? And where is the meaning contained, communicated or produced? How much is it contingent upon the spatial and temporal relationships between the speaker, the listeners and their positions inside a cathedral of language in a chamber of architecture and design?
In Becket Mingwen’s piece we enter a space that is neither a living room nor a boardroom and we sit around a table: it might be a conference room, or it might be a dining room that we walked into. Each seat at the table has a narrative, each side of the table has a position. People carry their bodies, thoughts and emotions into the social space, where they create a social body, modes of behavior, conventions, rules, governments, the political space, the container that is not always the sum of all of its components: it leaks, it drips, and it breaks. The text is what holds everything together, the bodies and the people. Around this table, “a text [is] produced by a setting, a setting produced in the mind, a voice produced in the head by a setting, a setting produced in the mind by a voice produced in the head by a setting. There are not infinite combinations. Only these four situations.”