Thesis Overview

Light, Sound, Text: Semiotics of a Technological Sublime

Light, Sound, Text is a site-specific installation that explores language encoding and mysticism through the early history of telecommunications.

On May 24, 1844, Samuel Morse transmitted four words from Washington to Baltimore: “What hath God wrought,” transforming the relationship of communication to presence. The selection of Numbers 23:23 points to a spiritually charged cultural response to telegraphy and the channels it opened. I’m interested in layering upon this history a formal inquiry into the semiotics of mysticism—exploring the process of language encoding in architectural space. Light, Sound, Text incorporates neon light and printed matter in a sonic installation of Morse code as both text and sensory experience.