How can I participate?
We are currently developing a prototype of the project for June 2022 and are in need of voice notes responding to the following prompt: “What is it that language can name but cannot claim?”.
The prompt is meant to be simple enough to be easily understood but complex and nuanced enough to elicit multiple kinds of responses. It brings together many of the themes that the project aims to address, namely:
— Language as claiming. The process of naming, which is facilitated by the use of language, is one of claiming. This can engender a relationship of ownership that has historically led to dispossession and violence (naming and claiming land and bodies of water), or, alternatively, engender one of belonging and kinship.
— Language as limited. As the project progresses, we are interested in both the abundance and breadth of language and its limits. The question aims to make clear what language cannot do - what we have names for but cannot fully grasp or control, be it emotions and affect, or the sensorial.
Participants are invited to respond to the prompt in their mother tongue, even if their attempt to do so results in broken language. If this feels uncomfortable for them, they are invited to respond in the language they feel most comfortable in but invited to share in their email whether this language is different from their mother tongue.
So how do I submit?
Responses should ideally be one line/sentence (no longer than two) and should be made in either the participant’s mother tongue or the language they feel most comfortable in (this should be stated in the email).
By sending your voice note file, you consent to having it used anonymously within the Rhizome of Babel project. You can revoke your consent at any time.