Universal Tongue


Video installation

Universal Tongue is a project about the internet as an anthropological space, in which 1000 different dances follow one another, coexist and alternatively appear on 8 screens, in 32 hours of video.

Anouk Kruithof ’s work is an interdisciplinary approach at the crossroad of photography, sculpture, installation, photo editing, artists books, performance, video installation and performative acts in public space. Through a multiplication of mediums, the artist gives an overview of her research, highlighting what the web reveals about us as a society.

From 8.800 videos, selected by more than 50 researchers from all over the globe on Youtube and Instagram, Anouk Kruithof produced 8 films of 4 fours to be screened on simultaneous video installations.

We do it solo, collectively, from the Macarena to twerk, from simple jump to moonwalk, the installation pictures dance as a universal language to express a diversity of cultural identities as part of a much bigger, globally connected society.

Practical Information


From 11 to 19 Nov. 2020 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m (except 18 Nov. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Vernissage 10 Nov. at 7 p.m.


Ballet National de Marseille


20 Boulevard de Gabès – 13008 Marseille
Parc Henri Fabre
Métro: Rond-point du Prado
Bus 19 ou 83, stop Prado Tunis
Bike Station: Prado Tunis

© Anouk Kruithof
© Anouk Kruithof

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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.

Credits & mentions

A proposal by the Ballet National de Marseille – direction  (LA)HORDE,  Cinekid Festival Amsterdam and Galerie
Valeria Cetraro, as part of Manifesta 13 Les Parallèles du Sud.
Supported by the Regional Council of the South Region.