On Monday, Feb. 24, Arcadia University’s Art Research Collaboration (ARC) presented The Black Tongue Lexicon, a work by Gary Setzer, in the Commons Gallery.
In The Black Tongue Lexicon, Setzer’s pre-recorded, process-oriented actions, filmed in a variety of landscapes, are projected behind him as he performs live electronic music and vocals. Through what the Huffington Post called a “phenomenal hybrid of his own,” the artist discusses the tenuous relationship between language and the physical world.
Through Setzer’s performance, language and the physical landscape are revealed as existing in truly parallel spaces—though they certainly co-exist and have the capacity to affect each other, they can never truly interact. This theme of parallel structure is expressed repeatedly within the performance as the audience encounters language in both its written and verbal forms, as well as the artist’s activities, which are both live and pre-recorded.