communication (project info coming soon); Coming up with online during our union's open meetings after reflecting on in lockdowns and problematic employment models; When and making about it, or even creating this website...
I like working with difficult (especially when they are elephants in the room) and (when they are all a bit wriggly and not straight-forward), anxieties and discomfort. I put them in a (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 unexpected,fresh and more horizontal and unexpected ways.
Language is alive/its own thing, but it is also apply-able and the series "to be or knot to be" hopes to give some of these topics and feelings new lives,, including those forces inherent in and with language.
I am an artist-educator researcher, interested in attending to the unintentional, accidental and already-happenings in language (i.e visuals when words are seen on a page or sensory qualities of speech that happen beyond reasoning/control) in the context of social communication.
I find this generative on multiple layers, ranging from when sparking meaningful conversations in situatons where current vocabulary and modes of communication feel limited and limiting to when challenging human exceptionalism.
Since human language is commonly considered to be one of the most defining and distinctive qualities, elevating us from other forms of life (humans are superior and special, because we have a more complex and abstract use of language etc...), I find that tuning into such instances and enabling their performativity further provide a helpful ground to challenge assumptions, shift biases and hierarchies, as well as experiment collectively.
Some recent examples I tried to explore the pedagogical, social and poetical potentials of this enquiry have been when that scrutinised the relationship between human exceptionalism and human language and experimenting with alternative modes of social