Final Vocabulary: On Searching for New Languages

Final Vocabulary: On Searching for New Languages, 2015
Contributions by Federica Bueti, Malak Helmy, Francis McKee, Haytham El Wardany,  and Brian Kuan Wood

This publication comprises five essays that take an intimate look at language’s role in moments of dramatic change, and ask how to find meaning for artistic practices in these transformative conditions. Taking its cue from the aftermath of the events of the Egyptian Revolution in 2011, Final Vocabulary does not provide answers as much as it captures the spirit of the moment of searching that the writers found themselves in.

The book was developed out of a live conversation at an event called the Informal Meeting, which took place in Leuven in January 2015, where participants were asked: “Our histories and references are often in a different language (abstract or actual) than we use ourselves; what tools do you think are or might be useful to help you trust your own memories and narratives? What, if anything, do you think we might borrow from art to experiment with language in different situations?”

Edited by Mai Abu ElDahab
Published by Mophradat and Sternberg Press
Designed by Kaisa Lassinaro
Available in two editions: English and Arabic


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