experimenting with alternative modes of social communication and paralinguistics (project info coming soon); Coming up with online ice-breaker poll activities during our union's open meetings after reflecting on the particular loss of sense of time in lockdowns and problematic employment models; When texting with a friend about who/how I am? and making a knot video about it, or even creating this website...


I like working with difficult topics (especially when they are elephants in the room) and feelings (when they are all a bit wriggly and not straight-forward), anxieties and discomfort. I put them in a knot (literally,visually,sonically) and acknowledge them through bending of the language at hand.


I believe that making them public/putting them in the open, in usually playful ways, is a form of consciousness raising and enables making meaning and building connections in exciting ways.


Language is alive/its own thing, but it is also apply-able and the series "to be or knot to be" tries to give some of these topics and feelings new lives, make the always present, but not present-ed feelings/senses/experiences visible, including those forces inherent in and with language.

I am an artist-educator researcher, interested in attending to the unintentional and the accidental in language. I enjoy tuning into sensory and material qualities of speech or written word, as well as paralinguistics, which are not typically associated with "intelligence," reasoning, control or intent in the context of social communication.


I am drawn to such instances and am inspired to enable their performativity further, as I find that they provide helpful grounds to catalyse conversations (literally could be anything) in unexpected ways, challenge assumptions, shift biases and hierarchies.


However, since human language is commonly taken as a marker for the uniqueness and superiority of the human race, this enquiry becomes especially pertinent when questioning human exceptionalism. More often than not, human language is considered be a more complex and "evolved" form of language than that of other living forms, and this enquiry allows me tap straight into this questioning.


Some recent examples I tried to explore the pedagogical, social and poetical potentials of this enquiry have been when running an online study group that scrutinised the relationship between human exceptionalism and human language and