Date: 2010/2013/2018 | Location: John Hansard Gallery, Southampton/ Tate Modern, London, Khoj Art Centre New Delhi| Elements: trilingual audiowork, trilingual orange text vinyl, graphic pattern| sound design: Adam Parkinson
The text, the missing letter, the graphic pattern.
Text in emergency orange installed with whited out letter /o/. Every /o/ removed is kept as trace and recreated into an open pattern.
Location: JHG, Southampton | Date: 8 Sept -3 Nov 2018 | Info: Large scale remake, facing civic square, emergency orange vinyl, pattern of gold /o/ on window, sound piece from Adam Parkinson: a drone of /o/…
Phone photos, C Bergvall
Bergvall is an in-between: her work traffics on borders and barriers.
“Crop”, written in an interwoven trilingual syntax takes the form of a pattern-led litany to express the frequently violent impact of border-crossings, language-crossings for minority or differential status of all kinds. And the way we are each inhabited by this.
In bookform, it is preceded by “Cropper”, a short poetic autobiographic account on discovering my sexuality as minoritarian, and the decision to adopt English as a personal base for my writing & living. Pleasure and trauma. Working a way through.
John Hansard Gallery
Info: Original set-up, part of solo show Midling English | Elements: Two sided wall. Also a dedicated quadrophonic soundroom. With reflective grey vinyl quote by Edouard Glissant |
Photos by Steve Shrimpton
Some never had a body to call their own before it was taken away
som aldri hadde en kropp de kunne kalle sin egen før den ble revet bort
ceux dont le corps d’emblée leur est arraché
note – “kropp” is pronounced “crop” = “body” in Norwegian.
“noen” = “some” (Norw.); close to French “nous” (“we“).
“oss” = “us” (Norw.) = pronounced French “os” (“bone“).
In the installation format, the /o/ are all whited out.
Tate Modern London
Khoj Art Centre New Delhi
OTHER WORK: “VOICE”. Location: Tate Modern, London | Date: 12 July – 3 November 2013 | Info: Group show Word Sound Power | Khoj Art Centre, New Delhi, India | Date: 10 January – 8 February 2014 | Elements: Installed audio and text “Crop”. Second pattern-led text piece, “Voice” | Link: Tate, Word Sound Power.
Nathalie Camerlynck: Cat in the Throat: C. Bergvall’s Plurilingual Bodies in Transnational Literature, 2015 – PDF –