THE/A/T/E/SHOO/TING/DONEBY/OF/OFFI/CERS/ARE/SHOT

Neon light, 2009

The phrase „The Shooting of Officers“ is taken from the book Fatal Words: Communication Clashes
and Aircraft Crashes (1994) by linguist Steven Cushing. One of Cushing’s fields of research examines misunderstanding in communication due to phonological, syntactical, and semantic polysemy.
Fatal Words takes a look at misunderstanding in aviation communication and can be read as a manual
for the intelligible exchange of information as countless accidents in aviation result from misinter pretation by pilots and air-traffic controllers. „The Shooting of Officers“ is a sample phrase in Cushing’s book that is used to disclose multiple possible interpretations that follow linguistic ambiguity.
The work is a transformation of this phrase into a light sculpture that depicts a multiplicity
of understandings by literally illuminating various meanings of the phrase and making the fragility
of language and interpretation visible in letters made of glass.

Installation view, Kunsthaus Baselland, 2009

Installation view, Freymond-Guth Gallery, Zurich, CH, 2009