City of voices
“We may speak English at the free market bazaar but our moral choices and the trials of our daily existence - birth, death, worship, celebration - are locked up in our mother tongues”. -Kole Omotoso
"City of voices" is a project that explores the linguistic richness of modern Ireland. For centuries English and Gaelic were the main languages spoken in the country. Nowadays, over 180 languages are spoken on Irish soil and Dublin is the epicentre of this futuristic Babylon. The languages we speak shape who we are and the usage of words and sentences affects our thoughts, our personality. Although identities are forged in different ways, speaking more than a language can lead individuals to possess a second soul, to understand who they are. Each voice, each story collected is a pure individual expression.
A Smart Project
SPECIFIC Collect stories from multilingual and foreign Dubliners to give voices to minorities and stress the motley variety of modern Ireland.
MEASURABLE Over 180 languages are spoken in Dublin. City of Voices aims at displaying at least one story per language spoken.
ATTAINABLE Engage with foreign communities and get involved in cultural events to individuate stories to tell. Networking is pivotal to achieve this project.
RELEVANT The project is worthwhile as it will highlight differences, support new ideas, stress the importance of storytelling, educate communities, use technology to disrupt biases.
TIME-BOUND 1.5 year time limit.