Thursday, April 19, 2007

when hands speak...


silent: place palmar surface of tips of fingers of right hand over lips, and usually incline the head slightly to front.
from the indian sign language, w.p. clark, 1884

silence: the index finger is laid across the lips, as if to keep them shut.
from supplemento al dizionario italiano, bruno munari, 1963
(photo also from munari)

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Blogger the art of memory said...

i was just looking at this book, very nice..
munari is hard to pin down.

2:27 PM  
Blogger sroden said...

yeah, he was definitely a polymath. i have a beautiful early book of his that has all these holes cut into it and piece of string running through the holes so you can't open the book all the way, an amazing object. he also designed some incredible lamps, some more fluxus related ideas, graphic design, kids books, etc. he's someone i tend to forget about and then happen on a small book someplace and think i should know more...

8:52 AM  

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