Jesse Chun Jesse Chun

other landscapes

Other Landscapes, 2017
installation view

Excerpt, (recorded desktop poetry performance)

Other Landscapes is a series of recorded desktop poetry performances that translates a lyric from the popular American folk song This Land Is Your Land by Woody Guthrie, which has been lyrically adapted by several countries for their own use since 1956. Using a random selection of available languages on an online translator program and the "copy and paste" shortcut, all recorded performances start with the same lyrics. They start and end in English - tracing the function and failure of translation as a form of poetry.