Foreignness of Sound: Slavs and Tatars + Zorka Wollny and Maspindzeli Choir

11 Dec 2014

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Cost of entry

£8 - £10

ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts)

London, United Kingdom


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  • Piccadilly Circus/Charing Cross

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Foreignness of Sound addresses the relationship between language, sound and the concept of national and human communication, in the context of multiplicity of languages and identities in the region of Caucasus. The project represents the UK instalment of the Transkaukazja festival.


Thursday 11 December 2014 | ICA @ 7pm

The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH


Slavs and Tatars - Lecture Performance, “The Tranny Tease”

Through the lens of phonetic, semantic, and theological slippage, The Tranny Tease explores the potential for transliteration, or the conversion of scripts, as a strategy of both resistance and research into identity politics, colonialism, and faith. Focusing on the Turkic languages of the former Soviet Union, Anatolia and Xinjiang/Uighuristan, The Tranny Tease attempts to emancipate not people or nations but the sounds rolling off our tongues.


Zorka Wollny and Maspindzeli Choir - Musical Performance

Polish artist Zorka Wollny will collaborate with UK-based polyphonic Georgian choir Maspindzeli on a musical composition and live acoustic performance that explores the relationship between language, sound and communication using a combination of polyphonic singing, intonations, accents, pitch and modulations.



Katarzyna Sobucka

Exhibiting artists

Slavs & Tatars

Maspindzeli Choir

Zorka Wollny


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