TRANSLITERATION

VISUAL ART INSTALLATION //  By Paean Sarkar

Presented by Metro Arts 

Technology isn’t always perfect, especially when it comes to auto-generated text, but Paean Sarkar is putting Microsoft Word’s ‘dictate’ function to the test.

Transliteration is a series of nonsensical ‘lyrics videos’ that accompany Paean Sarkar’s song renditions of several celebrated works by Bengali poet, writer and composer Rabindranath Tagore. The lyrics are produced by speaking the original Bengali lyrics into Microsoft Word’s ‘dictate’ function set to ‘English (Australia)’. The resulting text is a nonsensical stream of random english words that brings neither clarity or meaning to Tagore’s lyrics.

This incomprehensible translation explores Sarkar’s relationship to language, specifically Bengali (her mother tongue) and English (her current dominant speaking language) as a 2nd generation immigrant. Tagore is crucial to this work, due to both his influence globally and within the Bengali lexicon. His work, juxtaposed by the process of the Transliteration series, comically exaggerates the dissonance that can occur in the exchange between two languages. This artwork does not intend to disrespect Tagore, but instead hopes to start a critical dialogue around the cultural disconnect of being a bi-lingual Australian.

DATES

Thu 8 – Sun 11 Apr

VENUE

Metro Arts, West End

THE ARTIST

PAEAN SARKAR

Paean is an emerging multimedia artist, working in a minimalistic style to illustrate abstract concepts. Her works in the past have explored themes of identity, space, and the relationship between viewer and art object. Paean’s practice is rapidly evolving as she moves through her visual art studies at QUT.

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