The Grimoire series is still a little hard for me to discuss — it’s in a very early stage.
Here’s what I think I know about it so far:
- The series uses the concept of a grimoire, or a book of invocations and spells, as a point of departure. Grimoire (French) is a modification of grammaire, or grammar.
- The series investigates certain kinds of abstract structures and structural abstractions, in language and also in certain kinds of images.
- The specific aspect common to many grimoires and similar books that helps give the series its starting point is the presence of specific type of drawings, namely magical seals and writing, which I think bear a unique function in both drawing and language.
- I haven’t yet come up with a precise way of describing what I think describes the unique nature and function of those special kinds of images/seals, but in rough terms, I’m considering how a magical seal’s multiple identities as image, word or phrase, talisman, and set of instructions can provide interesting points of view on the nature of contemporary practices of abstraction and description.
- I’m thinking lately about that nature and function and how it can correspond to mathematical or logical descriptions, especially how and where those kinds of descriptions may present outside computer language, mathematics or philosophy.