Birdness Exhibition

The field of semiotics studies signs in all their varieties, from letters and words to images and objects. Semiotics deals with questions concerning meaning, cognition, references, truth, and reality.

In an attempt to break down the academic barrier between contemporary design practice and the theories of semiotics, I am presenting Charles Sanders Peirce's ideas of Icon, Index, and Symbol using the bird as a vehicle to demonstrate the rich social life of signs. Displayed here are cultural and natural expressions of birdness.

This thesis exhibit is comprised of images and objects. These items extend the idea of "birdness". The display is intentionally didactic and aspires to walk you through Charles Sanders Peirce's definitions of icon, index, and symbol.