Lingua Franca

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.   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.