What is Rungish?

Rungish is a phonetically-pronounced language. The code and its term, Rungish, is an invention. It describes a method of writing that I have used in my artwork for the past decade. Rungish takes the phonetic sounds of English words and breaks them into lines, or rungs, of three letters per line. The language is then read top-to-bottom. This language, or dialect of English, transforms reading into an interactive performance.

I have used this method of writing in several projects (pictured below) over the years but the reason for its usage remains the same. It is used to slow the reading process.  One must concentrate and empathize with the text to make any sense of it.   The presence of the language creates a curiosity that intrigues individuals to interact with it, many of whom would never normally do so.

Originally used in the small paintings, Rungish was finally put front and center in an installation at the Fuller Projects in Bloomington , Indiana at an exhibition entitled Yung Mail Tails: The Reading Room Annex.

Since then, it has been used in multiple installations and missions of rogue sculpture installation.

Most recently it was used as language for the book FLF, the 55-foot paper sculpture Pole Scroll, and for the installation Huge Weather: Station in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

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