Semiotic Theory offers a purely academic perspective on how words can alter our perception of reality- so come and learn how to harness their power! Personally, Semiotic Theory has greatly informed my outlook on life, and I am excited to hear all of your perspectives on the potential it has to change how you view the world around you. One of the great things about this discussion is that it parallels many of the conclusions that Buddhism and other religious practices eventually come to, without the binds of religious dogmatism.

 

The majority of our time will be spent discussing questions that Semiotic Theory poses, as well as figuring out how we can each apply these principles to our everyday lives. Sharing these insights will facilitate us all learning from one another, which is important to me because I consider myself more of an ambassador of the subject than a teacher.

 

I prefer to think of this more as a discussion than a workshop – after all, while I’d love to lecture for an entire hour about Semiotic Theory, I have found that audience participation makes the topic more stimulating. While I will briefly introduce the underlying theories behind semiotics, metaphorically, I’m only going to be showing you the door, and each of you will decide whether or not you want to walk through.

Prior to her music career, WALA received her training at Columbia University in the Anthropology of Linguistics, Ritual and Religion, during which time she received multiple language fellowships from the U.S. Department of State. This allowed her to study Semiotics for several years in India and Israel, where she spent her free time spinning fire in Bollywood music videos. When not playing music or explaining mind-bending social linguistic theory, you can find WALA making unintelligible noises at kittens in a futile attempt to communicate with them, obsessing over all things purple, or hosting a sex talk radio show at Burning Man.