Sounds have a funny way of being untranslatable. We can try to mimic the sounds in our environment but are ultimately held back by the limitations of nature and nurture. Both our physiology and the library of sounds we learned as a child through our mother tongue determine how we produce onomatopoeias.
This project aims to highlight the differences in onomatopoeias across different languages, revealing how different languages hear sounds. By presenting multiple foreign constructions of sound we hope to jar the listener and help them uncover their assumptions on what sounds sound like.
The final exhibit will be brought to life using directional speakers, allowing the viewer to walk around the room to discover each soundtrack. A total of 9 language soundtracks will be projected onto the floor in a grid. This will allow any listener to freely walk around the room and experience different languages while watching the silent short film.