universal tongue

anouk kruithof

Video and sound installation

The dance group Universal Tongue takes us into the Internet jungle.

The work explores how dance has developed throughout history as part of our global media culture, and how it manifests itself online.

This exciting installation is based on 32 hours of video featuring thousands of different dance styles, collected from YouTube and Instagram, and selected by a team of 50 researchers from around the world.

The continuous loop of the moving image erases the typical categories of the world order, such as country, continent or culture. Instead, it looks at our era of fluidity, hybridity and non-stop connectivity, respecting the value of our historical backgrounds, cultural differences and individuality.

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Anouk Kruithof (NL)

Born 1981 in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, Anouk Kruithof is a visual artist, who’s multilayered, interdisciplinary approach encompasses photography, sculpture, installation, artist-books, text, performance, video, animation, websites and interventions in the public domain.

Kruithof’s work is an investigation into the online representation of urgent societal themes. Over the past few years she collected circulating images related to issues like privacy, government surveillance, pollution and climate change. Kruithof subjects these to critical scrutiny by extracting existing imagery from the digital sphere, and translating the photo- graphs into her own idiosyncratic three-dimensional visual idiom.

The work of Kruithof is a refreshingly original contribution to contemporary photography. Approaching the medium from a great variety of angles, her works are equally versatile, ranging from photographs, sculptures and installations to videos, animations, publications and performances. A common denominator is her fascination for our complex relationship with the physical environment in the digital age. With her work Anouk Kruithof bridges the gap between the tangible world and the way it manifests itself online.

Crédits & mentions

Concept, Creator & producer: Anouk Kruithof.

Editors: Ginta Vasermane, Joep de Boer, Justin Swinburne,
Maciej Mandraki, Duygu Atceken, Selma Hengeveld.
Soundtrack: Koen Nutters. Book: Art Paper Editions & Ula Kahul (text editor).

Dance-research assistants: Abhinaya Penneswaran, Alba Zari, Albert Allgaier, Alejandra Huerta, Ramos, Alexandra Koumantaki, Anikó
Antalfi, Anouk Kruithof, Ashiq, Jahan Khondker, Assem A. Hendawi,Bob Civil, Chikara Umihara, Christiaan Kritzinger, Clarisse Mekongo aka Kirii’ah, Daleen Bloemers & Selma Hengeveld, Darcy Moore, David Kinyanjui, Duygu Atceken, Džejlana Pruševic & Miona Bogovic , Faouzia Haidara, Francesca, Seravalle, Gina Maree DeNaia, Ginta Vasermane, Guergana Tzatchkova, Harald Smart, Jihad Yagoubi, Kalinca Susin, Keazia King, Keren Shavit, Kolbrún Lilja Torfadóttir, Ksenia Kirsta, Laetitia Jeurissen, Leo Caobelli, Liao Lihong, Maria Isabel Arango, Miia Auti, Moana J. Packo, Nina Suramelashvili, Pablo Cianca, Paola Paleari, Peter Hübert, Priscila Gómez, Resi Bender, Saman P., Samara Mitri, Ula Kahul, Vendula Knopová, Victoire Eouzan, Voin de Voin, Walter Shintani & XLE.LIFE