Lektor

Lektors: Rüştü Asyalı, Joanna Domańska, Ulrich Gerhardt

Lektor features a selection of the 11th century Turkic epic Kutadgu Bilig (Wisdom of Royal Glory) in its original Uighur with a voice-over in the primary language of the venue of exhibition (so far, German, Turkish, and Polish). The original text hails from the “mirror for princes” genre—a medieval form of advice literature or guides for rulers shared by Christian and Muslim lands—aimed to elevate statecraft to the same level as theology and religious jurisprudence. The particular excerpt of Kutadgu Bilig (literally, "the wisdom that brings happiness") chosen for Lektor offers advice pertaining to speech and tongues—tongues that bring fortune and bad luck, profit and loss and what it means to loosen it, hold it or stick it out.

Used for films in Poland and Russia and elsewhere only for news segments, the simultaneous playback of two distinct audio tracks, aka Gavrilov translation, makes for a disruptive experience, touching on issues of legibility to authenticity and language as a form of hospitality.

Lektor, 2-, 3-, 4 or 6-channel audio, 18-24 min, 2014

Lektor, 4 channel sound installation (Uighur, Turkish, Polish, and German), INFORM prize, GfZK, Leipzig, 2014-15. Photo by Johannes Ernst.
Lektor, 6 channel sound installation (in Uighur, Turkish, Polish, German, Arabic and Gaelic), Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, 2015. Photo by Tom Nolan.
Lektor, 6 channel sound installation (Uighur, Polish, German, Arabic, Gaelic, Flemish), Contour 7: A Moving Image Biennial, 2015. Photo by Kristof Vrancken.
Qum Rabat, 2015, video loop, 22 sec, Kunsthal Aarhus (installation view).
Public programme at Kunsthalle Zurich in parallel to Lektor. Screening of Sexmisja with live translation into German.
Public programme at Kunsthalle Zurich in parallel to Lektor. Screening of Mimino with live translation into German.
Public programme at Kunsthalle Zurich in parallel to Lektor. Screening of To be or not to be with live translation into Swiss German.

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