UNTRANSLATION by Sam Furness & Toni Hollis

Sep

16-24

2017

Installation

UNTRANSLATION is a flag based installation that explores and celebrates the many languages spoken in Brixton. The rafters of Brixton Village & Market Row will be transformed into a cultural design dictionary that defines some of the world's most unique words. Love is understanding. Love is Power.

Did you know there is an Arabic word for the kind of conversation you have in the evening as the sun sets? Or that there is a Spanish word for the flowing conversation around the dinner table after everyone has finished eating?

UNTRANSLATION is an installation that explores and celebrates the many languages spoken in Brixton. In lexicons worldwide, words exist that are untranslatable to the English language. Not any old words either. Magic words that seemingly have the power and ability to express and define complex emotions and situations which we all feel but have not developed the vocabulary to express in English.

This installation will take over the flag filled rafters of the iconic Brixton Village and Market Row spaces and transform them into a cultural design dictionary, bursting with unique words and their meanings from countries all around the world. Each untranslatable word will be set against a flag design inspired by the visual culture and design history of the country that language belongs too.

UNTRANSLATION offers a design perspective on how different cultures see and interpret the world.

Love is understanding. Love is power.

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