Lea Taragona’s sound piece from our reading of Inger Christensen’s Alphabet. Apt meditation on existence right now.
I wrote this piece a year ago, but worth sharing again as the swarm is growing, consolidating, driving a silent coup. Deepfakes 2020.
“Language itself takes the form of a fiction. Husks of ideologies, cultures and conflicts are refilled and re-swarmed, sagging under the weight of this recycling and splitting or fragmenting in a way that isn’t a disintegration, but rather a multiplication akin to the nature of the way cells refract and replicate life. Each new cell-form carries with it identities amalgamated from previous swarms, previous seasons of being, full of the enduring tenets of the human experience. Lost languages are often decried rather than graciously embraced within eternal reincarnation and endurance like the spirits of Shona, or like the spirit as sensed through the accepting soul of a Buddhist monk, or examined in relation to the Heideggerian scope of time.”
“Is there a case to suggest that language as we know it doesn’t actually belong to us anymore?”5x15Amsterdam third speaker Michael Salu explores how technology impacts languages, social behaviour and ultimately, alters our ability to perceive.
Michael Salu is a writer, artist and critic, whose work and ideas are executed through a multidisciplinary practice. His writing, art and talks have focused on where the evolving semantics of technology, language and identity meet.
His written work has appeared in a number of literary journals, anthologies and art publications including Freeman’s Journal and Catapult. He has exhibited and screened art projects internationally and is the owner and creative director of S.A.L.U, a multidisciplinary creative consultancy collaborating with clients around the globe.
Recorded at 5x15 in Amsterdam in March 2019.
5x15 Amsterdam brings together 5 outstanding speakers, who each have 15 minutes to share their lives, dreams and passions.
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Here is a video snippet from my text ‘Lazarus’ during our evening of Body Texts. I closed with thoughts on claustrophobia, within the body, within space, within the hegemonic realities both physical and digital. Lazarus is the story of an unnamed person that wakes up in a box in a morgue after a lynching and ruminates what it means to be alive, with no memory or comprehension of pain or the ravages of history.Read More
I was invited to speak at the 5x15 event series and the inaugural one held in Amsterdam. The series doesn’t what it says on the tin, 5 speakers each with 15 minutes to give a talk about a topic, in this case related to ‘The Future’. As fellow speaker Zing Tseng said during her talk, what do we mean when we talk about the future? The following day or 50 years ahead?
I used my 15 minutes to talk about our collective 15 minutes, the public realm and through that a suggestion of the failure of language, or rather the end of language as we know it to be what we deploy to signify and comprehend ourselves and for others to do the same. The crux of it being a kind of singularity could be seen to be well under way as we appear to have lost control of language, as language through its swirling technocratic dynamism, has arguably sped beyond the scope of semantic representation.
If you’re interested, I’ll be uploading a transcript of the talk shortly.Read More
If you see this and happen to be in Berlin this week, do come along!
I'll be participating in an evening of readings and live performance from violinist Jae Woo. Do come along if you can.
February 13th — 20:00 Texts by Michael Salu Senthuran Varatharajah Lee Ann Brown Ricardo Domeneck With a performance by violinist Jae Woo.
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Courtney fell in love at Disneyland. Fifty years later she returns to the site of this life changing encounter to take shelter from the disorder brought on by an increasingly unforgiving climate. My new short story entitled ‘The Forsaken’ appears in the latest issue of Archivio Magazine. On sale now.
Pleased to be invited back to the two week residency at Lemon Tree House in Tuscany. Held in an ancient hamlet (formerly a castle), the residency is structured around a series of craft talks held most evenings. As artist in residence, My talks offer thoughts about working across disciplines and my current work exploring recent evolutions in language and image.Read More
New words in issue 2 of Archivio magazine. I haven’t published much for a while as I was finishing a novel, but here’s a new piece. Another collab with Brad Feuerhelm who gave forth some searing vernacular photos taken on a tour during the gulf war. My story is entitled ‘Black Hands’ written through the voice of a gulf war vet, who, many years later reckons painfully with his resignation at the limitations of mankind and the eternal enterprise of ritual, sacrifice and scapegoat. Out now with Archivio MagazineRead More
On May 25, I gave a keynote at a symposium at the Literature Colloquium in Berlin.
Entitled THE SWARM: LANGUAGE AS A FICTION the piece explores nature’s swarms as an entry point to looking at our autonomous dictatorial drivers and manipulators of language, consciousness and perception, covering the erasure of histories and the limitations in the semantics of identity politics in relation to technology.Read More
I'm going to be speaking in a couple of days (MAY 24) at the 'Afro Berlin' symposium, deconstructing autonomous societal 'swarms' and who dictates the polarised narratives, languages and new moralities we must abide by.
The next issue (not pictured) of biannual Italian magazine Archvio, will feature a new story from me. Entitled 'Black Hands' it dives right into the residual decay of PTSD and explores the codependency of ritual and sacrifice through the manic neuroses of a gulf war veteran. more soon.
Excited to return to The Lemon Tree House in 2018 as Artist/Writer in residence again. If you're a budding writer then this tranquil corner of Tuscany and the team makes for a great environment to reflect and connect.