At the end of his poem Vast, Glowing Vault (1967), Paul Celan, a Romanian-German writer and Holocaust survivor, writes:
— The world is gone, I must carry you.
Incapable to secure and hold the real as it is, the poet supports its existence by acting as a transmitter, by calling for the future.
Through film, audio and drawing, the exhibition The World Is Gone, I Must Carry You explores ways of transmitting and sounding vulnerable worlds.
Two key artworks in the exhibition are Susan Hiller’s The Last Silent Film (2008) and Lost and Found (2016), which combine excerpts of ethnographic recordings of rare languages. Amplifying speeches that have been forgotten in the archives of European linguists and anthropologists, her sound-driven works act as platforms for speakers of non-dominant languages.
Following Hiller’s feminist and anti-colonial critique of scientific culture, Sky Hopinka, Bethan Huws, Gala Porras-Kim and Krista Belle Stewart use audio technology and acts of transcription to challenge abstract and static representations of linguistic minorities.