What Language the Fox


Speakers, computer, barbed wire

            “What if things could speak? What would they tell us? Or are they speaking already and we just don’t hear them?” asked Hito Steyerl.

‘What Language The Fox’ is the continued development of an on-going project where each iteration of this sound and sculpture installation is specific to its site - constructed from and in response to the environment it is present in.

Critical to its success is an act of looking, a process of exploration, both in the macro and the micro - it cannot exist without the location it is installed in.

By exploring, searching for the over-looked or obvious, taking note of what is hidden in plain view, patterns reveal themselves. These patterns can be interpreted in a variety of ways, allowing data to be extracted. This process of revealing something that is hidden or simply not there provides imagined information to a bespoke algorithm, allowing it to form something this data isn’t or wasn’t intended to be and present a new way of understanding something familiar, moulding from it a strange language which then addresses the area from which the data was collected.

This voice is of is the place itself or at least, something very specific to the place.

This process of data collection has been undertaken both by the artist and as a public activity. For example, at Allenheads Contemporary Arts, data was collected from barbed wire surrounding nearby fields, at Sluice in Hackney, from the disused garages around the gallery while at Sanctuary Lab and Central Saint Martins participants were tasked to find data on their own terms before interpreting this to create artworks.

Listed for the Blooom Award by Warsteiner