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Lingua Franca — Baden Pailthorpe

  • Location:
    Firstdraft Gallery , 116-118 Chalmers St. Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW, AU

Fresh off the back of 18 months in Paris, Baden Pailthorpe’s new series Lingua Franca explores language, translation and misunderstanding through a variety of new media artworks. The centrepiece of the exhibition is Eighty-Four Doors, a limited edition, experimental translation of Orwell’s 1984 using every language on Google Translate. This extended process of linguistic remixing is mapped through a data visualisation produced in collaboration with London-based designer Stefanie Posavec www.itsbeenreal.co.uk. Also revisited by Baden Pailthorpe is the cinematic adaptation of 1984, re-edited according to the mysterious, algorithmic and sometimes poetic logic of Google Translate. Catalogue essays written by artist and writer Lily Hibberd http://lilyhibberd.com/ and media theorist Jussi Parikka http://jussiparikka.net/.


Firstdraft Gallery, Jan 11th - Jan 29th, 2012.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.