Vinculum

John Tonkin & Robyn Backen

Exhibition Dates
3 - 26 November 2005

Vinculum has evolved from a sustained conversation around information overload and the nature of ubiquitous communication systems. We are looking for a space between the over-saturated and the stripped bare. 

Overview

Vinculum has evolved from a sustained conversation around information overload and the nature of ubiquitous communication systems. We are looking for a space between the over-saturated and the stripped bare. 

 

In an attempt to contain our disparate thoughts we have borrowed from a structure built by Roget in the development of his Nineteenth Century thesaurus. His “Plan of Classification” consists of six major classes, twenty-four sections and one thousand subcategories, including vinculum, a Latin word meaning “a means of binding”.

 

Vinculum is an organisational framework or binding system. It takes the form of a visual language machine where media fragments make up the raw phonemes of an abstracted linguistic process.

 

“The vinculum is the processing device at the core of every Borg vessel which brings order to chaos. It interconnects the minds of all the drones. It purges individual thoughts and disseminates information relevant to the Collective.” –from “Memory Alpha”, the free Star Trek reference

John Tonkin & Robyn Backen, 'Vinculum', video still, 2005