Foreign Language for Beginners


The I lies between the words and the worlds. Between the words lies the world. Between the worlds lies the word. The I between the words and the worlds lies. As anything placed in between, its character is ambiguous. The uppercase of i overlaps the lowercase of L, creating an imprecise zone of contact between the upper and the lower. As above, so below.
Irina Gheorghe, Foreign Language for Beginners (2015—ongoing)
– performance scores

Foreign Language for Beginners explores the dynamics of a hypothetical first contact, at the intersection of science and science fiction. It’s a guide of conversation with the world outside the word by way of word, sound and movement, inside a room.

Irina Gheorghe is an artist based between Bucharest and Berlin. Her current work explores the notion of deviation as a technique of estranging the everyday. As tools for this estrangement, she is interested in how the language of modernism can become a platform for interstellar communication and how the absurd structures our relationship to a world beyond perception. Irina Gheorghe also works as part of the artist duo The Bureau of Melodramatic Research to investigate how passions shape contemporary society, as well as our affective relationship to an unhuman universe.




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Image credits:
performance photograph by Alexandru Dan, Atelier 35, 2015.