das deutschsprachliche Project Part 2 (The German Speaking Project Part 2) is an interactive performance art and social intervention which uses language as a medium to explore transnational identity and the construction of self through language. This is a durational work which employs video, blogging, performance, and interaction to critical explore the question of German identity and integration, through language learning and cultural difference.
On my website blog, I introduce online a new word or expression everyday, offered as a video “teaching” podcast. As an educational video podcast series, I tackle vocabulary (like curses and slang) I would like to master and problematic or difficult expressions, searching for translation suggestions in English, and while exploring the complex notion of identity and self which is bound up in language. This work about “German integration” was done in response to the controversial book by Thilo Sarrizen, German Abolishes Itself, and the harrowing experience I had in 2010 when I was chased by Neo-Nazis on the S-Bahn, as well as everyday racism. Read more here.
In addition, this work is developed from the original 2008 German Speaking Project, documented in a video diary, in which I stopped speaking English and only spoke German for 3 months, despite not having the language skills to even converse.