The Foreignness of Language, 2011, HD video, 8 minutes and 25 seconds, looped.
This self portrait, performance video piece draws on my experience of learning Norwegian to explore how second language acquisition influences and disrupts identity.
Learning a language is about learning to participate in a culture. The process of learning a second tongue involves adapting and adjusting to knowing- or not knowing oneself in an unfamiliar language. The foreignness of language investigates the duality of having two languages sitting inside oneself and as a result having ones identity in a constant state of flux.
This video examines the tension of being caught between two languages represented by the experiences on the body as a metaphor for the repercussions on a sense of self.