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Room: The Labyrinth of Scripts

The most extensive collection of culturally diverse signs, scripts and writing systems, are scattered here throughout the palatial labyrinth at the heart of the Department of Sign. Just as modernising tendencies suppress biodiversity, cultural diversity compresses underneath forces in pursuit of universal communications. Like a seed-bank the The Labyrinth of Scripts celebrates and preserves the feast of diverse graphic languages.

Splurge through the splendour of a wide variety of graphic expressions, that simultaneously indicate intriguing insights on the visual translation of language. The variety of scripts reveal diverse methods of making marks as it simultaneously provides deepening insights to taxonomical relations between the individual signs and the system. Take for example the case of the ‘quipu,’ a device from the Inca Empire, in which information is stored in knots and the spaces in between the knots rather than glyphs.

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