[DEHAI] A video-audio interpretation of a poem in Tigrinya (Hispirits)

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From: Biniam Haile \(SWE\) (eritrea.lave@comhem.se)
Date: Mon May 18 2009 - 12:32:17 EDT

Monday, May 18, 2009


This very strange but successfull video-audio interpretation of a poem
in Tigrinya is very intriguing. Don't stop it once you start - watch the
whole thing before you judge it. (I pinched it off Ron Silliman's blog
"Voice is an audio-visual exploration of a contemporary poem composed in
one of the dominant languages of Eritrea, Tigrinya. The Haile text
explores notions of freedom, nationalism and the power of language,
speech and thought. Collages, clutterings and complex mosaics of
stylized hand figures juxtapose murmurings of spoken poetry in an
augmentation of the subtext. The raw and sometime erroneous nature of
our impassioned languages is stylized heavily in this work with a
multitude of processing effects including noise, strobe and analog
effects. Montages of protest footage and layerings of other complex
still and moving images ascribe to the poets notion of the freedom
attributed to speech and poetry. Supporting the more tangible recitation
of the poem near to the conclusion of the work, the Tigrinya written
script, Geez, is featured increasingly in the images throughout the
work." Marky
from Wikipedia:
Tigrinya ( ????, tigriņņa), also spelled Tigrigna, Tigrina, Tigriņa,
less commonly Tigrinian, Tigrinyan, is a Semitic language spoken by the
Tigray-Tigrinya people in Tigray [Northern Ethiopia] and in central
Eritrea (there referred to as the "Tigrinya" people), where it is one of
the two official languages of Eritrea, and in the Tigray Region of
Ethiopia (whose speakers are called "Tigray"), where it also has
official status, and among groups of emigrants from these regions,
including some of the Beta Israel now living in Israel. Tigrinya is also
spoken by the Jeberti (Muslim Tigrinya) in Eritrea. Tigrinya should not
be confused with the related Tigre language, which is spoken in the
lowland regions in Eritrea to the north and west of the region where
Tigrinya is spoken.

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