"Language is a Virus From Outer Space"
I set out to define the word, "language
" in an unconventional way by collecting various forms of content to create an experience that invokes curiosity about how we communicate. The book is divided into six sections, each section is introduced with a stanza of a poem written by Christian Bok
. The title is a quote from Beat Writer, William Burroughs
, which can be read below.
“A virus operates autonomously, without human intervention. It attaches itself to a host and feeds off of it, growing and spreading from host to host. Language infects us; its power derives not from its straightforward ability to communicate or persuade but rather from this infectious nature, this power of bits of language to graft itself onto other bits of language, spreading and reproducing, using human beings as hosts.” - William S. Burroughs