The Times of Language

2020-In Progress

 

 

  • Mixed media

  • Specific Site

  • Mobile Architecture

 

 

Santa Inés Ahuatempan

Puebla, México

 

 

 

“The Times of Language” is a multi-media artistic project whose purpose is the research, protection and artistic experimentation of the Ngiba language, this project is developed in a specific site in the community of Santa Inés Ahuatempan (Puebla, Mexico).

 

Language times are divided into three dimensions:

 

(1) Exploratory linguistic research;

2) Registration and custody (cabin and mobile laboratory)

3) artistic experimentation.

 

Each dimension has two or three “moments” of work.

The first dimension, “exploratory language research”, has a pragmatic character and reveals concrete elements, objects and materials: this research is being carried out with the full support of the Ngiba community of Santa Inés Ahuatempan; This community includes Ngiba speakers whom we will call “language carriers”, bilingual teachers and the general public interested in knowing, learning or rescuing the Ngiba language. The aim of the research is to achieve a deeper approach to the logic and structure of language.

The second dimension of this project aims to realize a PLACE OF LANGUAGE, AND A PLACE FOR LANGUAGE, this, by making a voice recording booth and safeguarding of language, which will later serve as a laboratory of artistic experimentation for the Ngiba language.

 

“Tin-khi “Mobile Cabin”, is a trailer that will tour the neighborhoods of Santa Inés Ahuatempan, in addition to several surrounding villages, making a recording of the voice of the elderly N`giba-speakers. This “mobile caravan” has a recording booth that allows a sound waterproofing with respect to the environment, in addition to having the necessary equipment for the post-production of audio, as well as for its dispersion in FM radio signals.

 

 

With the sponsorship of the

"Jumex Foundation for contemporary art"

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Ulises Matamoros / The times of language / Isophonic graphics and sound graphics of the voice Ngiba / Paper format A4 / 2020

 

Ulises Matamoros / The times of language / graphic of the disappearance of the Ngiba language / Paper format A4 / 2020

The times of language / Artist book, 4 volumes / 21 x 27.9 cm each ( 8,1/4 x 11 3/4 in) / Investigation of Ngiba language / 2020

“Hay cosas que no se pueden decir de otro modo, nuestra lengua tiene verdad. Cada que se dice algo en N´giba, tiene verdad”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

“A este lugar llegaron unos hombres que decían pertenecer a la gente de Axayácatl, quien a su vez era comandante de las fuerzas del señor Moctezuma (...) sus órdenes eran, que todos los pueblos, independientemente de los nombres que tuvieran y las lenguas que hablaran a partir de ese día tendrían que ser conocidos con nombres compuestos de palabras de la lengua náhuatl”


 

“Teníamos prohibido hablar en nuestra lengua, los padres nos prohibían: a muchos de nosotros ya nos tocó ir a la escuela. Por consejo de los maestros, nos prohibían- nos decían: - si siguen hablando eso, no van a aprender español ni las cuentas, ni las sumas ni nada-, -eso nos decían-, incluso nuestro padre llegaba a golpearnos si hablábamos N´giba. él sufrió mucho la discriminación, más que nosotros. Nos cuenta que cuando estaba chamaco, desde el centro lo correteaban hasta que lo dejaban en la barranca. Popoloqueros le decían, y así como a él a muchos, nos daba pena primero, ya de grandes nos damos cuenta que hicieron mal, que hicimos mal, pero era difícil en esos tiempos. Nosotros entendemos bien, pero no hablamos”

Irene Guadalupe Ramón Orozco

Pedro Ochoa

Alfono Ascención Colmena

 

The times of language / Artist book, 4 volumes / 21 x 27.9 cm each ( 8,1/4 x 11 3/4 in) / Investigation of Ngiba language / 2020

 

The times of language / Community assemblies for the formation of a Ngiba vocabulary / Documentary photographs / 2020

 

Ulises Matamoros / The times of language / Isophonic graphics and sound graphics of the voice Ngiba / Paper format A4 / 2020

 

Ulises Matamoros / The times of language / Formation of a Ngiba vocabulary / Paper format A4, digital format, audio format / 2020

The times of language / Formation of a Ngiba vocabulary / Paper format A4, digital format, audio format / 2020