NEW SPEAK

NEW SPEAK, 2016 

Digital video, 11:31″

New Speak is collaborative videoperformance from performing and circus artist Elena Leontivna and visual artist Leena Pukki. The piece combines shadow theatre, animation, circus and dance.

Digitaalinen videoteos, 11:31″

New Speak on esitys- ja sirkustaiteilija Elena Leontivnan ja kuvataiteilija Leena Pukin teos, joka yhdistelee varjoteatteria, animaatiota, sirkusta ja tanssia.


New Speak is collaborative video performance made by performing and circus artist Elena Leontivna and visual artist Leena Pukki. The piece combines shadow theatre, animation, circus and dance.

New Speak is based on a concept of newspeak, dystopic new language that George Orwell created in his novel 1984. The premiere of piece was in St. Petersburg, in a festival called Bodyword, that presents unusual forms of dance related to literature.

Defining the meaning of words and bringing neologisms to the language is always usage of power, as can be seen in latest discussion for example about issues of immigration or financial crises in Finland and in Europe. It seems like in a tightening political atmosphere language is the first thing to control.

Advertizing and propaganda both work throuh repetition. Even though repetition doesn’t directly get people to believe in a product or political ideology, it affects in the mind.

The words we use and the the terms in which we speak bears big significance. Defining the meaning of words is permanent conflict. Words are borders that surround our reality.