“Because it has already begun, representation therefore has no end. But one can conceive of the closure of that which without end. Closure is the circular limit within which the repetition of deference infinitely repeats itself. That is to say, closure is its playing space. This movement is the movement of the world as play; this play is cruelty as the unity of necessity and chance.”
The Networks Project is an ongoing multi-faceted research and production project by Taline Temizian, which straddles the disciplines of contemporary visual art, digital design, and neuroscience. At the heart of The Networks Project is the study of systems; conceived of on a spectrum from Roland Barthes’ Système de la mode and Camera Lucida through to Christian Leborg’s Visual Grammar and Ferdinand de Saussure’s Semiology. Under the umbrella of The Networks Project, Temizian enacts intellectual, discursive and process-based experimentation in the form of data collection, information design, sculptural expressions and publications. The artist likens this project to the work of Nam June Paik, whose multi-disciplinary studies of the formative and distortive affects of media and telecommunication systems inform the aesthetics and mechanisms of Temizian’s project.
A key manifestation of The Networks Project was presented in the artists’ 2016 solo-exhibition Systems & Networks at Sketch London, in which Temizian presented Textured Merged Networks Artifact 1. This large scale kinetic sculpture is a system of components and concepts, a rotating colour wheel extrapolated through mechanical algorithms to form a matrix of perpetual deconstruction and reformulation. Temizian’s interest in impulses and reactions – both emotional and mechanical – are at the forefront of her exploration of neuroplasticity. Just as the components of Textured Merged Networks Artifact 1 are a complicated codex of reactions and impulses, so too is the brain’s neural system a constantly changing system. Temizian’s investigations and visualizations of medical, socio-political, and cultural networks through The Networks Project continues with a major new work anticipated in 2017.