By Julie Vayssière
October 1, 2015 – October 31, 2015
Every month Marginalia invites an artist, curator or project to provide a series of images that will serve as the background of Terremoto, in relation to their practice and current interests. At the end of each month, the identity of our guest is revealed and the whole series of images is unveiled.
For Marginalia and the theme “art and education” I chose to show a series of sentences taken from an online game conceived to learn English. These sentences mainly stage situations of educational and professional exchanges, business, tourism, immigration and integration, building gradually the pictures of the Foreigner, a distant country and an international culture. The examples from everyday life and the collective references are bound to private life, general knowledge, indisputable truths, standardized social behavior and fictitious media narratives. Love, fear, desire, disappointment, sadness, surprise, anger, joy, etc. Great feelings and emotions are also depicted. It is these educational and universal representations of the world and life, situated in a background, that I wished to put forward.
The whole series is shown in the video Salt adds flavour to many foods (Learning English), 2014, 34′.