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Interrogating Accents: Brendan Fernandes, Katarina Zdjelar and Nicoline van Harskamp

Fenton, Marianne (2015) Interrogating Accents: Brendan Fernandes, Katarina Zdjelar and Nicoline van Harskamp. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Fenton, Marianne
Abstract:

This MRP explores accent as an indicator of difference in three contemporary art works: Foe (2008) by Brendan Fernandes, The Perfect Sound (2009) by Katarina Zdjelar and English Forecast (2013) by Nicoline van Harskamp. I demonstrate how these artists utilise visual media to scrutinise the embodied accent and its relationship with individual identity, notions of race and place and the nature of English as a Lingua Franca. Through investigating how accent is deployed in these artists’ works, I explore the relation of race and ethnicity to the “marked” (accented) sound of a voice. In so doing, I draw attention to audible markers of difference, which often remain hidden within the universalising language of English communication, and through a postcolonial reading of audible difference as decolonial gesture, analyse how this audible difference is embedded into visible markers of difference.

Date: April 2015
Uncontrolled Keywords: Contemporary Art, Brendan Fernandes, Katarina Zdjelar, Nicoline van Harskamp, Visual Media, Identity, Accent, Race, Postcolonial, Difference
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2015 16:27
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2016 06:40
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/267

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