In Language and Reality, originally published in Se3o Paulo, Brazil, in 1964, Vile9m Flusser continues his philosophical and theoretical exploration into language. He begins to postulate that language is not simply a map of the world but also the driving force for projecting worlds and enters then into a feedback with what is projected. Flussers thesis leads him to claim, in a seemingly missed encounter of a dialogue with Wittgenstein, that language is not limited to its ontological and epistemological aspects but rather is at the service of its aesthetic. Traversing a diverse area of research and ruminations on cybernetics to poetry, music, the visual arts, religion, and mysticism, Language and Reality can be viewed as a vital transitional work in Flussers emerging thought that will eventually lead to his works in the 1970s and 1980s concerning what we would later consider media theory, design, and digital culture.
Vilem Flusser (1920 1991) is increasingly recognized as one of the most influential thinkers of digital and global culture. Rodrigo Maltez Novaes is a translator and research fellow at the Vilem Flusser Archive.