22 letters


Taking its cue from the 22 video channels of the Threshold Wave, in this work each screen becomes host to a word from a poem about the bond of trust that exists between artist and audience.

Commissioned and acquired for the Horsecross collection of contemporary media art, it was shown as part of Primary Ingredients, a major new exhibition at Threshold artspace which premiered five new commissions by Vuk Cosic, Alec Finlay, Clive Gillman, Katja Loher and Valentin Stefanoff.

Described by the commissioners as "Featuring artists who employ text – anything from letters and symbols, poems and stories to books and films – as primary ingredients in their visual grammar. Their works allow us to go beyond the omnipresent debate whether text gives artists the opportunity to be more direct than they usually are with images. A fresh opportunity to test our assumptions that words have cognitive primacy in the brain of the viewer"