“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.
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