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Part of a computer transcript of sound from a fountain in Juriga Square, Bratislava. Recorded at 7:13 p.m. August 15, 2020.

Participative installation, where the sound of the fountain is transcribed into the symbols on screens of mobile phones of connected viewers.

Language is a finite computational system providing an infinite number of expressions. (Noam Chomsky) Our communication with the world (external or internal) takes place in a system that we developed tens of thousands of years ago. Language is not the exclusive domain of the animal genus homo and we are gradually discovering it in other species, even in the plant kingdom. Today, people use more than 7,000 languages to communicate with each other, but the number is declining. On the other hand, the number of computer languages and dialects is increasing. Different sources give different estimates, but the number of languages we use to communicate with machines is in the thousands. The language we use to decode the world affects how we understand it.

photo: Ondrej Koščík