There Is No Is

 

»There Is No Is« (1’50″, 2006) brings out the physicality of language manifesting itself in the task of pronunciation. It shows the artist in a private situation with a friend, who, like Zdjelar, is a foreigner in the Netherlands. We see the friend, an Asian woman, laboring to vocalize the artist’s name. In her numerous attempts to utter these two words she writes down on her hand what she hears, but still cannot pronounce it, she listens to the artist and tries to repeat, but does not succeed. Language breaks down, being stripped to its very sound. Faced with the difficulties in pronunciation, the incompetence of the body as language apparatus challenges the very idea of (culturally shaped) anatomy.

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