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Dictionary of Primal Behaviour

Internet Database and Digital Prints
2003

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  • Photo doc
  • Essay:
    The Primal Chat
  • + more
  • Excerpt from Graham Pullin's book
  • Art and Language

    A database of phonetically expressive words transferred into visual codes

  • Keywords / Tags

    • Database art,
    • Language,
    • Entropy,
    • Primary emotions,
    • Emotion,
    • Expression,
    • Facial expression,
    • Affective communication,
    • Dictionary,
    • Interjection,
    • Nonverbal,
    • Code,
    • Information,
    • Message,
    • Symbol,
    • Meaning,
    • Aesthetic communication,
    • AAC - augmentative and alternative communication,
    • Disability
  • Art-Bio:

    Awards
    2003
    UNESCO Digital Arts Award 2003 at IAMAS, Japan
    Award at “MAD 03” 2nd meeting of experimental art in Madrid, Spain
    The annual award of the gallery Golden Eye “The exhibition of the year”, Novi Sad, Serbia and Montenegro
    Festivals and Group Exhibitions
    2004
    Ogaki, Japan, Ogaki Biennale 2004, (IAMAS)
    2003
    Holon, Israel, “Hilchot Shchenim”, The Israeli Center for Digital Art
    Basel, Switzerland, “Viper”, International Festival for Film, Video and New Media, Basel
    Belgrade, SCG, “WLI” World, Language, Iconicity - group exhibition and symposium, Rex B92 Cultural Center
    Madrid, Spain, “MAD 03” 2nd meeting of experimental art in Madrid
    Belgrade, SCG, “POSITIVE / NEGATIVE”, 44th October Salon
    Novi Sad, SCG, “Balkan video&digital art Festival”, solo exhibition at Gallery Golden Eye
    Linz, Austria, “CODE”, Ars Electronica
    Sao Paolo, Brazil, “FILE 2003”

Facial Expression and Symbol: mm

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Facial Expression and Symbol: mm

Facial Expression and Symbol: oops

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Facial Expression and Symbol: boohoo

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Facial Expression and Symbol: boohoo

Facial Expression and Symbol: yuck

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Facial Expression and Symbol: yuck

Facial Expression and Symbol: eek

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Facial Expression and Symbol: eek

Facial Expression and Symbol: hurrah

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Facial Expression and Symbol: hurrah

Dictionary of Primal Behaviour at Ars Electornica “CODE”, 2003

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Dictionary of Primal Behaviour at Ars Electornica CODE - 1

Dictionary of Primal Behaviour at Ars Electornica “CODE”, 2003

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Dictionary of Primal Behaviour at Ars Electornica “CODE”, 2003

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Dictionary of Primal Behaviour at Ars Electornica “CODE”, 2003

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Dictionary of Primal Behaviour at Ars Electornica “CODE”, 2003; Maywa Denki and NHK Japan TV

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Dictionary of Primal Behaviour at Ars Electornica “CODE”, 2003

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Dictionary of Primal Behaviour at Ars Electornica “CODE”, 2003; presentation at electrolobby

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Dictionary of Primal Behaviour at “Hilchot Shchenim” The Israeli Center for Digital Art, 2003

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Gallery Golden Eye, The exhibition of the year award, Novi Sad, 2003

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at Gallery Golden Eye - 1

Gallery Golden Eye, The exhibition of the year award, Novi Sad, 2003

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at Gallery Golden Eye - 2

Gallery Golden Eye, The exhibition of the year award, Novi Sad, 2003

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at Gallery Golden Eye - 3

Gallery Golden Eye, The exhibition of the year award, Novi Sad, 2003

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at Gallery Golden Eye - 4

Dictionary of Primal Behaviour at “Viper”, Basel, 2003; press: SonntagsZeitung

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UNESCO Digital Arts Award 2003 at IAMAS, Japan

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Unesco award

Award at “MAD 03” 2nd meeting of experimental art in Madrid, Spain

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MAD 03

An aesthetic communication experiment that combines verbal and nonverbal codes in an effort to create a message that is understandable to wide audience despite of their cultural background, linguistic knowledge or a world knowledge.


Urtica’s statement:

Communication is a vital part of every community. Ability of a species, to exchange information through sounds, signals, signs or movements help them to survive. In order to communicate humans have developed language as a major means of sharing information or expressing their thoughts and feelings. There are about 6000 languages spoken in the world today, but as many linguists believe only half of these languages will still be spoken by the end of XXI century.

Dictionary of Primal Behaviour includes entities that express primary emotions and behaviours that might be common to all humans despite to their socio-economic differentiation. The idea is to form a multi-lingual platform for affective communication by using words that sound similar in different languages. Those words, interjections, are used to express strong feelings such as shock, pain, or pleasure. They are primary spoken but in Dictionary of Primal Behaviour they are transferred to visual communication.

The dictionary is made as syncretic mixture of verbal and nonverbal codes: Phonetically Expressive Word, Graphically Expressive Symbol and Facial Expression. It is a database of interjections (a words used to express a feelings) translated into visual codes.