Lost Language features experimental emerging artists from Manchester and London predominantly working in sound, installation, live art and video. Lost Language is at Kraak: a new space for artists to experiment and discuss, in central Manchester.
Lost Language juxtaposes themes of loss, fear and disgust with visions of beauty, transcendence and spirituality. Cutting edge media and practice is juxtaposed with time old concepts and concerns. Lost Language raises questions about femininity and masculinity through material and concept: outmoded machines with crocheted acrylic, organic matter with video, digitalism with spirituality.
The inspiration for the Lost Language came from Julia Kristeva's book Powers of Horror which investigates the roots of our sense of the 'abject', our fascination with it and what it means to us. The key theme in the book is around the concept of ambiguity. Ambiguity frightens us: when we think we know something or someone and we find we have been deceived or misguided we doubt our senses. If we become too afraid of ambiguity it can be stifling to creativity. The rediscovery of horror and therefore ambiguity, according to Kristeva, brings us closer to our pre-historic selves who were not so bound to oppressive patriarchal systems.