MA-Abschluss18. Juni 2020
Kyungrim Lim Jang
Good Mocking BirdGood Mocking Bird is a project that has developed from the artists experience where she encountered needs and demands for integration into new societies and their vernaculars.
Since the rise of modern nation states, standard language ideology has been an effective tool for the creation of a general public and its naming as a necessity for mass mobilization. With the still prevalent call by the governing body to standardize its official tongue, minority groups are silently asked to pass. Passing, an ability of a person to be regarded as a member of an identity group or category different from their own, is a topic widely discussed today with regard to identity politics.
While the current discourse on passing is mostly focused on the visual signifiers of ones identity, the artist raises questions on the impact of accents, an invisible yet potent cue that affects our own perception of our status of belonging. With the project, the artist invites the audience into
a space of psychological disturbance where the signifier and signified are in a clear and eloquent discordance.