Unspeakableness is an investigation of how language can be improvised to connect our emotions in this multilingual world. The first stage is the collection of untranslatable words about emotions in different languages – how people use them, how they associate with emotions, and how we understand these untranslatable words. The second stage is the investigation of the emotion-scape in different languages – to search for the variation of emotions at the individual level as well as at the language level. The third stage is through stripping down the ‘literal’ elements in language, to re-examine the core elements of human communication. The fourth stage is to create an archive of human emotions. The fifth stage is to design a personalised language for multilingual people, and through a process of practicing and mixing different languages to find a language for each individual that is the most expressive for them.
Language Support: Anastasia Vikhornova, Mathias Vef, Julika Welge, Clemens Winkler, Neil Usher, Mark McKeague
Acting: Claire Thill
Recording: Agatha Haines
Editing: Lingxizhu Meng, Mathias Vef, Amina Abbas-Nazari
Programming: Jaen Saul
Voices and Translation: Diana Tanase, Alois Bordenave, George Lampty, Mahshid Torkan, Alex Liang, Neringa Plange, Robyn Peters.
Jaen Saul, Joana Espirito Santo, Mark McKeague, Koby Barhad, Jaemin Paik, Ai Hasegawa, Alois Bordenave, Bertrand Clerc, Fflur Owen, David Chatting, Yijing Zhang, Ling Xizhu Meng, Magnus Loppe, Anastasia Kirillova, Anastasia Vikhornova, Bilge Nur Saltik, Yosuke Ushigome, Christophe Machet, Tamsin Nagel, Stine Linnemann, Bjorn Veno, Anna Ogden-Smith, Benedikt Gross, Niels van Roij, Iva Minkova, Marie Jacotey-voyatzis, Mathias Vef, Charlotte Brown, David Bellisario, Lina Patsiou, George Little, Sebastian Thielke, Clemes Winkler, Julika Welge, Neil Usher, Tobias Revell, Joseph Popper, Shing Tat Chung, Raphael Sun-Tat Kim, Agatha Haines, Tom Lynch, Claire Thill, Emil Jonsson, Emmanuel Akintunde, George Lampty, Seta White, Alois Bordenave, Diana Tanase, George Lampty, Mahshid Torkan, Robyn Peters, Alex Liang, Neringa Plange.