How Something Can Have Been at One Time and in One Place and Nowhere Else Ever Again (detail from Men and Women in Sleeping Cars), 1979, 10 black & white copier prints, 13 ½” x 112 ¼” (framed and installed); Courtesy Estate of Pati Hill.
Wednesday, April 20
Objects, Dreams, and Sleeping Cars
Great Room Lobby, University Commons at 6:30 p.m.
Drawing from original research, as well as studies completed by 2015’s iteration of the same class, students enrolled in the 2016 spring semester honors course Uncovering the Art and Writing of Pati Hill will discuss Hill’s visual alphabetization, oneiric journaling, and appropriation of photographs.
Lindsay Miller ’16 will discuss the success of Hill’s use of the photocopier through an analysis of her Alphabet of Common Objects (c. 1975-79). The presentation will focus on Hill’s unique visual alphabet in relation to her intentions as both artist and writer, incorporating analyses of Hill’s favored characteristics of the photocopier, her desire to create a universal language, and her ambition to combine image and text to create “something other than either.”
Danielle Marino ’18 will address Dreams Objects Moments (1976), which Hill intended to publish as a three-volume series. Although Hill was never able to produce the second and third volumes, Marino will address Hill’s work in relation to other oneiric journals and the psychology of dreams.
Kathleen Burke ’17 will focus on how Men and Women in Sleeping Cars (1979) distinguishes itself from Hill’s other efforts, including her illustrated novel Impossible Dreams (1976). Burke will discuss Hill’s use of images taken by professional photographers and anonymous photographs obtained through commercial sources, addressing potential copyright issues.
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Tuesday, April 12
The Universal Symbol Language of Pati Hill
Drawing from original research, as well as studies completed by 2015’s iteration of the same class, students enrolled in the 2016 spring semester honors course, Uncovering the Art and Writing of Pati Hill, will discuss the background, applications, and modern use of Hill’s unfinished symbol language and how it relates to the world at large.
Proposal for a Universal Language of Symbols, c. 1975-79, example from a 32-page proposal, black & white photocopies, each approx. 11” x 8.5”; Courtesy Estate of Pati Hill.
Developed for her bilingual daughter, who was struggling to read while learning the grammar of two different languages, Hill’s symbol language evolved into a deeper examination of the plausibility of pictographs as a means of universal communication.
Emily Miller ’18 will discuss the creation of contemporary symbol languages, drawing comparisons between Pati Hill’s language and Blissymbols.
Dara Tauss ’17 will look at Pati Hill’s language as a seamless marriage between the physical and communicative worlds and how it reflects her literary techniques.
Laura Squicciarini ’17 will talk about the applications of the symbol language as they relate to education and literacy.
Steven Lewis ’16 will focus on Pati Hill’s language in light of the early and continuing development of graphical computer interfaces.
Emily Radman ’16 will address present day applications of symbol and picture-based languages in universal communication through the exploration of emoji-based communication.
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