Syngamy

 

 

Syngamy

2010, Keyboard key, C-digital special print, 99x99 cm

 

Syngamy (the fusion of two cells) reflects on translation: on the creative losses and serendipitous accidents that result. The starting point was the letter S or س which is the only key which shares the same position on an Arabic/English keyboard. Then a short story ‘Aluminum’ by author Hasan Dawood - recalling an episode of a fallen British plane in Lebanon and the series of cross cultural misunderstandings that ensued- was sequentially translated to and from Arabic to English five times by different registered translators. Finally, every instance of the letter S is removed from the story, now a whirling print.

 

Installation view, ‘WE ARE NOWHERE AND IT IS NOW’ exhibition, Occupy Space, Limerick, Ireland, 2010.

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