Translate: Move from One Place or Condition to Another

Alice J Lee

Video demonstrating the interactive light play to reveal the letters.
Additional video showing more interactive play.
From the opening reception.
Close-up of Persian letters.
Close-up of the Persian, Korean, and English words for "Translate".

Being bilingual and navigating through familiar and foreign cultures and languages is a state Alice and Ladan are both experiencing on a daily basis. As an interactive poster, “TRANSLATE” installation is offering an analogous experience for viewers: to move, shift, and decode. 

Using our three languages of English, Korean, and Persian, we have explored the three alphabetic systems through the letter forms and through utilizing moving lights in order to investigate coded meanings within obscure forms. The word “translate” means to move from one place or condition to another. English, Korean, and Persian are written in three different directions (left to right, top to bottom, and right to left, respectively.) These directions are used to demonstrate different perspectives to reveal a common meaning. The equivalent words for “translate” in Persian and Korean also begin with a “t” sound. This commonality is presented visually as the three words/sentences start from the same position. 

Ladan Bahmani
Alice J Lee
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