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Mukalap
Live performance or audio installation (loop)
Wooden wall with chairs, text projection, 2 speakers, floodlight
8'48''
2018


 

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Mukalap is based on an unique audio recording from the Anthony Traill Khoisan Collection that captures a spoken message from a man named Mukalap in the now extinct !ora language. In his mother tongue !ora Mukalap calls on an European audience to just for once listen to his beautiful language and to him. The message was played in 1938 during the Third International Congress of Phonetic Sciences in Ghent. Mukalap's message is not only an urgent appeal for recognition, he also asked the audience to respond and send him a message in return. That never happened, but with her work Westerveld responds to his request after all. However, she has to rely on other languages, because the last !ora speaker died in 2011 and the grammatical knowledge of the language is limited. The use of both !ora and English, Dutch and Afrikaans emphasizes the legacy of colonial history, which has led to the disappearance​​ or serious marginalization of various indigenous languages.

The audio recording of Mukalap's message is used by permission of copyright holder, the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

 

 

 




Live performance during the ICA Live Art Festival 2018,
Hiddigh campus, University of Cape Town, South Africa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Audio installation at Nest, The Hague for the exhibition
Language is the only homeland, 2018
Photo credit: Jhoeko photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Photo credit: Jhoeko photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: Jhoeko photography



 




 




 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

 



























Photo credit: Joehko fotografie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Photo credit: Joehko fotografie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Photo credit: Joehko fotografie