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CHINESE WHISPERS
2020

Art residency Université Libre de Bruxelles February 2020, in collaboration with Ohme

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Chinese whispers is a multimedia exploration of how to dissolve and rethink boundaries between languages we understand and those we don’t

– or believe don’t – understand.

The public is immersed in a soundtrack of stories told in different languages. The English translation of those stories is projected in real time onto the installation itself. Participants enter the structure one at a time, and there they interact with the voices they hear. This interaction is live streamed and plays with the written stories as well, creating a new form of communication which is both written and heard.

Chinese Whispers triggers a new interaction between different languages, encouraging users to find alternative ways of relating to unknown languages. In order to comply with the instructions, the user taps into a new, more instinctive way of listening and understanding.

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