Language is a Virus - Artists Book + CD


In early 2016 I was invited to take part in an exhibition exploring post colonial narratives. The plan was to utilise DIY audio transducers to activate the window of the gallery as a speaker.

In 2015 my wife worked in Sierra Leone managing an Ebola Holding Centre. Her experiences highlighted numerous problematic narratives: the patient handling protocols themselves; racist and fundamentalist Christian histories; media exaggerations of 'African-ness'; local acts of mistrust and misunderstanding.

Taking Burroughs' suggestion that 'language is a virus' I worked on a tape cut up, using a wide range of sources and narratives surrounding Ebola, exploring the mutations and vectors of transmission for the ebola-word-virus.

The intention was for this cut-up to be played back, via a reel-to-reel tape player customised with a raspberryPi, into the window, radiating out of the gallery into the street.

Unfortunately the originally proposed exhibition fell through and this project, along with artist books produced to coincide with the show, has lay dormant.

The work has now been privately published in an edition of 30.

Each package contains: a handmade 16 page booklet printed on 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper using archival inks; 28 minute cut-up/collage supplied on archival quality CD-r using Taiyo Yuden dyes; contained within acid-free cello bag.