Arzu Arda Kosar

Language
September 2010
video installation

Whether conscious or unconscious, youth internalize hand down vocabulary of media, established language and the language of their immediate surroundings. Nonetheless, the cultural realm -including language is subject to negotiations between the producers and the users. Language produced by the elites of the society go through manipulation by the users who pick and choose among these offerings to graft, modify and tweak them to suit their needs, effectively creating their own unique language. In fact, they develop a series of fine-tuned, subverted variations for different territories in an effort to adapt and succeed. While machismo and vulgar language might get a student suspended at school, it just might be a necessary component for male bonding. Dramatic linguistic transformations occurs relative to time and place within the network of relations that impose hierarchic codes of inclusionary and exclusionary practices.

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