Text means Tissue 

February 2017

Nationale, Portland, Oregon

Text means Tissue; but whereas hitherto we have always taken this tissue as a product, a ready-made veil, behind which lies, more or less hidden, meaning (truth), we are now emphasizing, in the tissue, the generative idea that the text is made, is worked out in a perpetual interweaving; lost in this tissue—this texture—the subject unmakes himself, like a spider dissolving in the constructive secretions of its web. Were we fond of neologism, we might define the theory of the text as an hyphology (hyphos is the tissue and the spider’s web).

-The Pleasure of the Text, Roland Barthes

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