FOREIGN LANGUAGE MAGIC WORD MOTHER TONGUE is a poly-lingual exhibition, featuring artists and performers investigating the relationships between language, culture and identity. Curated by The New Urban Naturalists, FOREIGN LANGUAGE MAGIC WORD MOTHER TONGUE (MAGIC WORD) is the third and final exhibition in the 2016–2017 season of the SOMArts Curatorial Residency.
Opening with a free public reception on Thursday, March 9, 6–9 pm, MAGIC WORD seeks to leverage the power and intimacy of language to foster cross-cultural understanding. At a time when polylingualism is increasingly viewed as a threat rather than a strength, MAGIC WORD reveals the strength and resilience inherent in cultural and linguistic diversity.
The opening reception on March 9 will feature an interactive performance installation by The Bureau of Linguistic Reality, as well as performances by Tommy Becker and Christy Chan.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE MAGIC WORD MOTHER TONGUE
The Bureau of Linguistical Reality
Exhibition on view March 9–April 6, 2017
Gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday 12–7pm & Saturday 12–5pm
Film Screening & Web Performance
Saturday, March 18, 1–4pm
Join MAGIC WORD artists and curators for a panel and audience discussion of Tongues of Heaven, Anita Chang’s documentary on threatened languages.
Closing Reception & Performances
Thursday, April 6, 6–9pm
Celebrate the exhibition’s closing with multi-media performances exploring language loss, acquisition and cultural de-centering by media artist Desiree Holman and choreographer Melissa Lewis.
Image credit: “EMF (Emotional Mistranslation Flag),” Cristina Victor, image courtesy of the artist.