In ‘Oertaal: oefeningen’ I want to experiment with drawings, short text fragments and other multidisciplinary miniatures to explore how we make things with words.
In ‘Oertaal: oefeningen’ I am looking for the form of a myth that can capture the dual creation of language and humanity. Within the framework of this myth, there is a Primeval Mother who has lost her giant son in far too many pieces. She is the breast and the belly, the food and the mouth, the ear and the word, the eye and the beholder. She is undoubtedly knowledgeable (she is an Old Mother!) but what is the point of all her knowledge if it does not help to save her creature?
Writing and telling the myth is part of an ongoing artistic investigation into the power of language as a performative key to belonging. For me, this means – at the moment – that through language we come into relationship, share meaning and therefore (can) belong. In Oertaal: oefeningen, I want to experiment with drawings, short text fragments and other multidisciplinary miniatures to explore how we make things with words.