NEW SPEAKERS STUDIO – VIDEO INSTALLATION by Deirdre MacKenna
The new speakers studio is an exhibition which comprises a new film and series of photographs which explore the dynamics involved in becoming a new speaker of a language in multilingual Europe, where globalisation, mobility and transnational networking are transforming the linguistic ecologies of contemporary societies.
The works in the exhibition have been created by Deirdre MacKenna, drawing from new research funded by the EU COST programme ‘The New Speakers Network‘ which is chaired by Bernadette O’Rourke of Heriot Watt University and comprises members from 28 EU countries. The New Speakers Network focuses on the dynamics involved in becoming a ‘New Speaker’ in European communities in which globalization, mobility and transnational networking are transforming how people use languages.
Deirdre interviewed eight people, seeking their stories and opinions about being a New Speaker.
From the images and interviews, Deirdre created The New Speakers’ Studio which comprises printed booklets and posters, films and photographs. These will be presented on the day of the festival through an installation designed by Deirdre in order to invite audiences to reflect on the experiences new speakers encounter during their language journeys.