Literary Nonfiction. Art. PIDGIN TOGUE is a book, sculpture and workshop project by artist Stine Marie Jacobsen commissioned by the Riga Biennale 2018 and curated by Katerina Gregos. Conducted as a collaborative and experimental writing workshop, where mother tongues will split, be re-welded and transformed into new (step-)mother/pidgin tongues through translation of idioms, mutation of words and new laws. During the workshop, children re-examine their relationship to both Latvian and Russian languages to create a dictionary for a new language through which they will stake their claim on a future for Latvian culture.PIDGIN TONGUE draws on this vision from "the next generation" to develop a new "pidgin constitution" and make an absurdist monument sculpture for it—bringing attention to the fact that all constitutions are in essence arbitrary social constructs which enforce a normative set of "accepted" behaviours. The purpose of Jacobsen's project is to generate insight into the differences that arise in social recognition and perception in relation to the use of Latvian and Russian mother tongues. PIDGIN TONGUE will strive to create an environment where the children can feel some freedom from the weight of the social ideologies and existing stigmas of this highly politicised topic in order to define their own relationship to the two languages. The project gives meaning and shape to young people's dreams, fears and hopes for the future in Latvia, and comments on a shift in national empathy through an abstract review of the current constitution.In the workshop playful exercises will turn pictures into language, break stereotypes, explain and explore proverbs, jokes and verbs while looking at emotional links to language, how to mirror yourself in others and how the children understand themselves as a nation. And exploring intergenerational family dynamics and possible clashes between languages in the home in relation to school life. Imagine a flexible constitution which unites a cultural language split. The results of PIDGIN TONGUE'S explorations on this theme will be used for a publication and a co-created sculpture that incorporates the children's workshop output as a new system structure and constitution.Additional contributors include Aleksandra Berditchevskaia, Elza Caune, Sofia Chasha, Toms Henrijs, Sabrina Krievina, Aleksandr Loce, Adrija Mauriņa, Marta Prūse, Makar Podgornij, Bogdan Podgornij, Anna Politiko, Ruben Povilaite, Alise Rudzīte, Lote Skarnele, Kate Skarnele, Artemij Smirnovs, and Evelina Tankovida.
Stine Marie Jacobsen, is a conceptual artist working to decode individual and collective violence through participatory means. Focusing on language, gender and psychology, she uses film as a starting point to create performative experiments and platforms for new ways of looking at ethics, identity, fear and trust. She lives and works in Copenhagen and Berlin, graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts with an MFA and a BFA from CalArts, the California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, USA. Author City: BERLIN GER