Listen to the endangered language of Gitxsanimax near Hazelton, BC in this Open Sound installation.
At the core of this technically innovative installation are six audiovisual portraits of members of the Gitxsan community speaking one of the numerous endangered aboriginal languages in British Columbia. Anspayaxw is an immersive installation for voice, image, and sound created by London-based artist John Wynne in collaboration with artist Denise Hawrysio and linguist Tyler Peterson. It powerfully conveys the importance of oral history and language diversity, but it also critically addresses issues of translation and the mediated relationships involved in fieldwork and research.
Read more about the exhibition on the City of Surrey website.
Read more about this research project, Anspayaxw.
Image credit: Installation shot of John Wynne, Anspayaxw at Surrey Art Gallery 2015. Photo by Scott Massey.