My name is Language


My name is Language

Video installation

AGE no age restriction
WHEN 22nd & 23rd February 2020, all day
DURATION 48 minutes
FREE EVENT, no booking required

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.
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, My Name is Language was commissioned by steirischer herbst, Graz and Project Arts Centre, produced by steirischer herbst in co-production with Project Arts Centre. Made possible with kind support of Mondriaan Fund and Civic Offices & Dublin City Council and by an IMMA Production Residency. Thanks to the Estate of Brian Friel for the usage of play excerpts.
The video installation Mein Name ist Sprache (My Name is Language), 2018–2019 was produced from the performance materials for the Urbane Künste Ruhr 

With Dagmar Baar, Natalia Cooper, John Doran, Kamila Dydyna, Shadaan Felfeli, Nandini Gupta, Tiny James, Idersukh Khurelsukh, Mo Murray and Áine Ní Laoghaire.
Camera by Jose Miguel Jimenez.
Sound by Dean Murray.
Video design by Andreea Peterfi.
Production management by Lua Vollaard.
Technical management by Joseph Collins.
Live subtitling and stage management by Fiona Kelliher.
Curated by Livia Paldi.
Curatorial assistance by Ruth McHugh.
Produced by Project Arts Centre and Dublin Theater Festival in co-production with Steirischer Herbst.
Made possible with a financial contribution of the Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam.
Made possible with support from Dublin City Council.
Special thanks to the Estate of Brian Friel for permission to use play excerpts.
Languages: English, Spanish, Polish, German, Hindi, Irish.

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.

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