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May 19, 2008 at 8:00 pm

The Free Translators Tour

With Mary Billyou and Sabine Gruffat

UnionDocs hosts a night of video screenings plus “live tactical translating” featuring Miss Reading and Miss Recognition. A collection of short film and video works, The Free Translators Tour invites you to become a participant in an active reconstruction of the artistic and experimental, the personal and political.


In consideration of over thirty years of critical feminist studies concerning women as subjects of language, the Free Translators ask: What is your source? What is your Who? Your Where? Your When? Your How? For those of us who do not know, The Free Translators offer an array of possibilities: Miss Reading, Miss Communication, Miss Appropriation, Miss Opportunity, Miss Literacy, Miss Informed and of course… (their own) misgivings.

In a world that invents and facilitates endless methods and technologies for successful communication, The Free Translators Tour happily construe known grammars and vocabularies in favor of the barely heard and the incomprehensible with the purpose of uniting the political and poetic in language. Culling from a multitude of conflated narratives, The Free Translators present a program of video screenings deliberately complicating the textual content of our everyday lives and dedicated to the idea that multiple translations continually unhinge single meanings.

Mary Billyou is a film and video maker living and working in New York City and Sabine Gruffat is a media artist living and working in Madison, WI.



May 19, 2008
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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