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photographed by Tian Gebing

Cloud Tongues

They say mother tongue is the language you count in. But I count in all languages. Hierher, hierher, nicht links, nicht rechts, nicht vorne, nicht hinten, aber hierher, hast du keine Angst? 一二三四 cinc sis set ocho nueve. One speaks a language best when drunk. “师傅我去中央美术学院。” 我的名字叫白小云。My name is Hannah, my chinese name is petit núvol blanc. My mom says, “lo que tienen las nubes, es que no las puedes meter en una caja”. Mein seltsamen Lungen, wie sich spreizende Pfauen. When I don’t want to be understood, I speak Mandarin. They are all entangled in a way.  母语在哪里?Com comença un a oblidar la seva pròpia llengua materna? Yo, que ya he luchado contra toda la maldad/ 它与我们在一起,它像我们一样,Tengo las manos tan deshechas de apretar/ 它是我们的手指, Que ni te puedo sujetar/ 它是我们对世界的脸。 Vete de mí...
(Text source: Hannah O’Flynn, Susanne Göße,  Zhang Zao, Homero Expósito)
 
About the protagonist
Hannah O'Flynn

Born 1994 in Barcelona, working as an artist and curator. She speaks Catalan, Spanish, German and English as somehow native language. Besides, she partially Mandarin, and bad Portuguese. She studied French and completelly fails to speak it. She received her primary and secondary education in Barcelona, and later her higher education in the UK, PR China and the Netherlands. 

With Hannah O'Flynn, Liu Chao, Hannah Luise Jäkel
About collaborating performers
Liu Chao
Performance artist, translator, dramaturg, curator. I speak Mandarin-casted Chinese as native language. Speaking English and fragments of other languages brings me closer to Chinese. The gaps between native languages and in translation make habitable my supposed-to-be mother tongue that is ideologically coded.
Hannah Luise Jäkel
My name is Hannah Luise, born 1987 Germany. After studying and working as a contemporary dancer I now guide physical mobility more toward hands and face, becoming a sign language interpreter. My love for cycling and curiosity for sustainable fabrics led me to set up my label PINABERLIN, where I create bike bags in a slow-motion manner. Above that, I fell in love with Aikido, which loyally attends my life through the last ten year's ups and downs. I am currently living in Berlin and Magdeburg.

云母语

人们说母语是你数数用的语言,但我用所有语言一起数数。这里,这里,不左,不右,不前,不后,就是这里,你不怕吗?一二三四五六七八人醉了外语说得最溜。“师傅我去中央美术学院。”我的名字叫白小云。我叫汉娜,我的中文名字是白小云我妈妈说:“云就妙在不能装盒。我奇怪的肺,像开屏的孔雀。如果我不想被听懂我就说汉语。它们某种程度上都搅在一起。母语在哪里?人怎么忘记自己的母语?我,和所有恶缠斗的我/它与我们在一起,它像我们一样,/拳头握得太紧,我的手筋骨寸断/它是我们的手指,/甚至无法再抱你/它是我们对世界的脸。/离开我……
(注:每种颜色对应一种语言。文字来源:白小云、苏珊·戈瑟、张枣、霍梅罗·伊波西托)
 
 
关于房间主人
白小云
​1994年生于巴塞罗那,现居柏林,职业为艺术家和策划人,母语大约是西班牙语、加泰兰语、德语和英语的混合,另外可以说一些汉语(普通话),也大约能讲葡萄牙语。她学过法语,但完全说不来。在英国、中国和荷兰接受高等教育。
 
 
表演 白小云 刘超 Hannah Luise Jäkel
关于合作表演者
刘超
表演者、翻译、剧构。我的母语是普通话塑造的汉语。讲英语和其它语言的经验让我离汉语更近,不同母语间的距离和翻译内部的空间给我制造了在简中“母语”里生活的更多可能性。
汉娜·路易思·叶柯
我叫汉娜·路易思,1987年生于德国。我从当代舞的学习和多年工作背景走出,把身体的活动能量更多地引向双手和脸,我成了手语翻译。我热爱自行车,对可持续性的纺织物充满好奇,所以我创立了一个牌子PINABERLIN来用慢动作的方式制作自行车包。此外我爱上了合气道,在过去十年起伏的人生轨迹里,合气道忠诚地陪伴着我的生活。我目前住在柏林和马格德堡。
她的脸
Her Face
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