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Dreaming Murakami: Translation as the art of empathy

“Mutual understanding is of critical importance. There are those who say that ‘understanding’ is merely the sum total of our misunderstandings, and while I do find this view interesting in its own way, I am afraid that we have no time to spare on pleasant digressions” (Superfrog saves Tokyo, Haruki Murakami). Documentary differentiates itself as… Keep Reading

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The Violence of Language and Literature

Language is not merely a pure and neutral tool but on the contrary, it is a violent thing that introduces division I want to outline some notes towards the consequences of the idea of language as, at its very basic operation, a violent order. For this I turn to Slavoj Žižek’s reflection on the subject in… Keep Reading

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The (re)birth of texts: copying, borrowing, recycling

“…Originality is a hallucination of intertextuality…” P.K. Saint-Amour They say all poetry is theft, but I prefer to see it as borrowing. Caroline Bervgall, artist-poet, recasts The Seafarer, an Old English poem in her most recent poetry book Drift (2014) by playing with the materiality of the language. This experimental work of art delves into… Keep Reading

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