Newspeak

9th February 2020
closing event: group exhibition 'Exposing the Bush'@TOKAS Hongo
performance: Shino Yanai
music: Ken Ikeda
exhibition curator: Haruka Iharada



Newspeak is a voice performance artwork comprising of masculine speech with ambient music in the background. This performance was inspired by George Orwell’s book, 1984. I wrote a poem using the unusual words and irregular remarks of Japanese politicians in ‘Newspeak’ vocabulary, which is a fictional language in Orwell’s 1984. I read the poem with an unnatural masculine voice using a voice changer. This performance piece expresses the power relationship between a language and politics.