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The Foreignness of Language


This self portrait, performance video piece draws on my experience of learning Norwegian to explore how second language acquisition influences and disrupts identity.

Learning a language is about learning to participate in a culture. The process of learning a second tongue involves adapting and adjusting to knowing- or not knowing oneself in an unfamiliar language. The foreignness of language investigates the duality of having two languages sitting inside oneself and as a result having ones identity in a constant state of flux.

This video examines the tension of being caught between two languages represented by the experiences on the body as a metaphor for the repercussions on a sense of self.

8 minutes and 25 seconds
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Exhibited at:

2013 Perspektiva 2.0, College of Fine Arts, Syndey Australia. 

2012 Winner Best Video at Centre for Contemporary Photography Kodak Salon, Melbourne, Australia. 

2012 Substation Art Prize (shortlisted), Melbourne, Australia.

2012 One Night Only, Oslo, Norway.

2012 Experimenta Speak to me 5th International Biennial of Media Art (traveling exhibition), Australia. 

2012 Peloton ARI, Sydney, Australia.

2011 Bus Projects, Melbourne, Australia.

The Foreignness of Language., Self-portraiture performance video. – via Vimeo