Talk Series: Aphasia as a visual shape of speaking: Fia Backström on A-production and other language syndromes

Automatic, delirious ReadWrite pathologies, arrhythmia and the gradient of sound, aphasia as the visual shape of single word staccato syntax, a-signification in the forms and forces worked upon lifted language. If current mental diagnostic categories fragmentize from syndrome into symptoms, turning the inner emotional landscape into user statistics, what kind of address is available to the subject? If language is the global sharing tool, the social gateway, how is a touching, attended phrase authentic, and if so with subjectivity and/or not?
Fia Backström is a text based artist who works across a wide range of media. From 2011 she has refrained from the exhibition format, primarily working out the parameters of engagement through her writing and in various group formations. Backström co-chairs the photography department at the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College, and teaches at the graduate Visuals Arts Program at Columbia University and the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University.