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ENGLiiGBO EMEKA OGBOH / NIGERIA: ENGLIIGBO, 2015 ENGLiiGBO is an installation of a twochannel oral rendition of an Igbo Folktale How The Tortoise Got His Bumpy Shell in Igbo and English languages. During the course of engaging the installation, the spectator will thus encounter the tale simultaneously in their language, assuming English’s place as the dominant lingua franca, and in a language is which is presumably ‘Other’ (Igbo). The two languages will be ‘sounded’ in differing modes which move back and forth, or between, established modes of multiple speech-making and listening: dialogue, conversation, and occasionally, competition and interruption, as the audio progresses in time. The work intends to narrate the folktale through a strategy of polyphony, which is the arrangement/presentation of voices of equal importance. Central to the tactics of polyphony is the effect of generating a ‘back and forth’ effect. The key idea is that this sound installation will create a drifting, thoughtful experience for the spectator, stemming from the sometimes tense, sometimes relaxed, effects of this back-and-forth flow between the two languages and emotions they stir. Courtesy of the artist BELONGING 239


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