Words and Years, 2010-16

Diagrams. Screen print, 76x56 cm.

Words and Years is a series of graphs based on data from various academic journals and news magazines. The graphs shows the frequency of use of certain words. Data for the the graphs are collected by searching through digital archives with the complete publication history of the journals, from the first issues up until today.

The work is a play with how the metaphorical meaning of the selected words changes across the fields of knowledge the source journals represent. The methodology is an oblique inquiry into how, or if, historical events, paradigm shifts and the “zeitgeist” is reflected in language.