My name is Language | Mother Tongues Festival

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  • 22 Feb - 23 Feb 2020
  • All day
  • All Ages welcome
  • Free Event

My Name is Language - Three channel video installation.

Names can cross cultural boundaries in ways that most other words cannot, but they can also suffer a lot of damage along the way. Mispronounced, garbled, even replaced completely with something more acceptable to the dominant culture, they can begin to lead a life of their own.

“My Name is Language” an immersive storytelling session which takes place between several people “waiting” among the audience members in the room. The anecdotes shared are an agglomeration of real and fictional narratives gathered through extensive research and conversations with both locals and newcomers through several locations in Europe about the fate of their names.

The Dublin edition of “My Name is Language” was first commissioned by Project Arts Centre for the Dublin Theater Festival 2018. From recordings of this performance, a unique three-channel video installation has been produced for the Mother Tongues Festival.

Throughout this performance, nobody speaks the same language or even the same variety of a language. Names appear in spoken, written and translated forms where it becomes clear that proper names are not always bound to their owners but rather they live on independently as pieces of data to be stored, markers of identity, brands and tools of surveillance, whose location is all important.

Nicoline van Harskamp is an Amsterdam based artist whose work considers acts of language and communication in relation to ideology and solidarity through video, installation, and scripted performance. Her live pieces were staged at Steirisher Herbst, Graz; Tate Modern, London; KunstWerke, Berlin; Witte de With, Rotterdam; New Museum, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Arnolfini, Bristol; Serralves Foundation, Porto; and Kaaitheater, Brussels.
She is a Professor for Performative Art at the University of Fine Arts in Münster, Gemany.