Babel I,2017

Cardboard, Computer Speakers, Mp3 Players

Lingua Franca is a light based installation that focuses on the subtle way the Earth tries to ‘talk’ to us. This is in a language we cannot hear, only feel. With Lingua Franca I wish to extend this conversation to one of our strongest senses — sight. By translating the ever present small tremors in the earth into light, we become aware of the conversation the earth is having with us and can engage in it. As this is a conversation, the lights do not simply flicker on and off, they glow and fade in various parts. One side may scarcely glow, while the other side shines bright. This is similar to how language and speaking works. We do not simply speak with monotonous repetitions, we all have differing ways of pronunciations, different dialects, and different tongues. This is reflected in how the lights shine in Lingua Franca. They too, will have their own nuances of language.   Babel I is the first iteration in an ongoing sound installation that assembles various languages in order to showcase and perhaps begin to reconcile the division of humanity. Each of the speakers plays a different translation of the United Nations Human Rights Declaration, which declares the essential rights that every individual should be entitled to.