Jesse Chun Jesse Chun

other words

Other Words, 
a series of recorded video poetry performances (via an online translator program), 4:52 mins

recorded video poetry performance, preview, 0:56

Other Words (ongoing) is a series of video 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 randomness, failure and intervention of translations in between - as a form of poetry concerning our interconnectedness and fragmentation.

Individual Recorded Performances: