Darboven and the Semiotic, Part III:

[T]he semiotic processes themselves, far from being set adrift (as they would be in insane discourse), set up a new formal construct: a so-called new formal or ideological "writer's universe," the never-finished, undefined productions of a new space of significance (134-35).

[T]hough poetic language unsettled the position of the signified and the transcendental ego, it nonetheless posits a thesis, not of a particular being or meaning, but of a signifying apparatus; it posits its own process as an undecidable process between sense and nonsense, between language and rhythm..., between the symbolic and the semiotic (135).

--Julia Kristeva, "From One Identity to an Other," Desire in Language: A Semiotic Approach to Literature and Art, trans. Leon S. Roudiez, Thomas Gora, Alice Jardine (New York: Columbia University Press, 1980): 124-147.

PHOTO: Hanne Darboven, "Today Crossed Out, a Project by Hanne Darboven", Artforum XXVI/5 (Jan. 1988): 72.

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