WordMord_work in progress
Wordmord is about
Language, trauma and violence
Language as violence and language as trauma
It questions the use of language in the public space (both digital and analogue)
"Wordmord" is a work-in-progress which started as part of the seminar „Feminist Practices in the Public Space at the Era of Globalised Technologies“, organized by the Centre of New Media and Feminist Practices in the Public Space in 2019. The project´s starting point are two instances of public violence, misogyny, and homophobia that occurred in Athens in 2018: the brutal murder of the queer activist Zak/Zackie Oh and the femicide of Eleni Topaludi in Greece in 2018. The project explores the relationship between public space, violence, and the gendered body as well as the ways that artistic practice can address and critically examine the sexist and homophobic narratives that circulate in the public sphere. "Wordmord" poses questions on the relationship between language and violence against vulnerable bodies, which are not accepted by the patriarchal heteronormative regime.
How is public violence (all violence is public) represented through (online) narratives?
How can we assemble, archive and thusly deconstruct these kinds of speech and the derogatory, sexist, homophobic and transphobic narratives that are being developed?
By seeking subversive and queer feminist methodologies, "Wordmord" seeks to connect art (poetry/performance/moving image/sound) with queer feminist activism and life.
Image: “Another Body Murdered”, To construct the image Stylianidou used histogram representations from four images that relate to the murders of Zak Kostopoulos/Zackie Oh and Eleni Topaloudi