An ode to languages that are on the verge of extinction
At the invitation of the Kröller-Müller Museum, Fillip Studios created a new work for the exhibition Not in so many words.
With the work Vocode, Roos Meerman (1991) en Tom Kortbeek (1987) of Fillip Studios present an ode to languages that are on the verge of extinction. When a language is lost, the connection that people have with a specific place and its community weakens. Fillip Studios selected 86 languages from the UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in danger, including Éven, Chantal, Trumai, Waima’s and Savosavo.
The Canorgraphy technique used for this installation was developed by Meerman in 2014 and converts sound into a graphic image. In Vocode, speaking the language not only makes the air vibrate, but also makes a special pen dance over lines of the frequenties. This makes a sound not only audible, but also visible. Every day a unique drawing is created, whereby a language that initially could only be understood by the indigenous community is translated into an image that can be understood and experienced by all.
About ‘Not in so many words’
The exhibition ‘Not in so many words’ brings together a wide variety of works from the collection of the Kröller-Müller Museum, in which words, letters, sentences and text fragments play a prominent role. From word puzzles and poems to philosophical contemplations and political commentary.
About Fillip Studios
Fillip Studios is an art and design studio that creates impact through wonder. The studio combines art, science, technology and social issues to create experiences and designs that have a sense wonder and an impactful and innovative value for society. Fillip Studios is founded by the artists Roos Meerman and Tom Kortbeek, creating both independent work and projects in cooperation with universities, institutions, museums and companies.
Exhibition ‘Not in so many words’
Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo
1 Februari until 10 May, 2020