Leontios Toumpouris

In search of illusions


The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis states that an individual's thoughts and actions are determined by the language(s) that the individual speaks.


Image: Arrival, 2016, directed by Denis Villeneuve, USA

Christopher Wolfram discusses the logogram analysis tools he created for the aliens' fictional nonlinear visual language from the 2016 film Arrival. 


Image: Arrival, 2016, directed by Denis Villeneuve, USA

NASA’s Voyager 1 and 2 carry a phonograph record, a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk, containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth.


Image: NASA/JPL. Cover of the Voyager Golden Record

Bentonite clay is formed by volcanic ashes and has therapeutic properties, including the treatment of skin diseases and the absorption of toxins from the body.

Image: James St. John. Volcanic tuff (bentonite) (ash-fall tuff) from the Eocene of Wyoming, USA 

3D animation test
Image: Leontios Toumpouris

3D animation test
Image: Leontios Toumpouris

Colour saturation chart
Image: Leontios Toumpouris

Láa: perception [láad=to perceive] 

Láadan is a language that was constructed by Suzette Haden Elgin in 1982 to explore the idea of an "undefinable other reality" that we have no vocabulary for. 


Image: Leontios Toumpouris 

Toki Pona is a constructed language created by Sonja Lang in 2001 for the purpose of simplifying thoughts and communication.


Image: A symbol associated with the artificial language


Leontios Toumpouris is a visual artist based in Glasgow. His practice explores alchemical discourse, language in different modes, painting and making. Through matter and body correlations and the negotiation of fiction, Toumpouris’ work results in site-responsive installations, text, sound and performance. Clay’s fragility, porous state and tactility allow Toumpouris to construct narratives of interplay between clay and speculative bodies within exhibitions and workshop-oriented formats.



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