Today we talk to artist Jani Ruscica about their work and exhibition Tarwe en Walnoot at 1646. Tarwe en Walnoot questions specificity, what makes up the essence of something, where a thing turns into something else — pushing against the edges of signs, binaries, categories. The exhibition’s treatise complicates and questions the relationship between signs and their meaning. Characters/signs/letters are animated or take human shape, or animal shape, they have their own will, or disappear into a pattern, an image. Specificity happens when essence becomes meaning, becomes a sign, gets put in a word, an index, a sentence, a book, put on a shelf and left there. Ruscica wants to disrupt this order.