Sujin Lee

Live Performance

Lee writes on the concrete ground of the park with a white chalk, using the phonetic symbols from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English (Second Edition)Copies of a phonetic symbol table are available for the audience’s reference.  When the audience reads the text that’s written on the ground, he/she performs the act of translating written text to spoken text through the rules of pronunciation which may not be familiar to him/her (i.e. phonetic symbols). Therefore, his/her speech often staggers. The dictionary that the artist uses features both British and American English pronunciations and she alternates between them.

First performed at Sara D. Roosevelt Park, part of 40º Phi: Live Art in the Parks Series.

Photo: Chris Mosier, 2009

© Sujin Lee