On the Grapevine

“On the Grapevine”, 2005

Video installation
7 monitor, 7 DVD player, 7 headphones

"Learning a language is related not only to the understanding of a sentence structure and the meaning of the words, but also to the organization of letters. Furthermore it is also characteristic for any language that the person calling the words with a certain sound and rhythm designates the usage of that language. Even a person learning a new language still approaches to the foreign language with his/her own linguistic melody and rhythm and this phenomenon sometimes causes misunderstanding."

The text above is translated simultaneously from turkish to german and from german to turkish by seven translators. Each translator translated the translation of the one before him/her. In this way, the text changed by using the gaps between two languages and the perseption of the translaters.

On the Grapevine from Özlem Gunyol on Vimeo.

Installation view - Städel Museum