WordMord means that words can kill.
WordMord believes that the violence of language is not eradicated by merely deleting/erasing words, but rather by transversing their violent imposition through specific practices that trouble and disrupt grammatical consistency, semantic norms, ‘correct’ pronunciation, ‘proper’ bodily posture. The rupture of linguistic limits suggests the possibility of experiencing language in its materiality.
WordMord poses questions on the relationship between language, technology, trauma and violence. The collective artistic research evolves through workshops, presentations and artworks. Through collaborations with artists, activists and groups working on feminist coding,WordMord seeks to shape an online rhizomatic space as an active feminist archive. At the same time, the project will provide tools and methods towards a poetically subversive meta/para/re-writing of derogatory narratives and consequently of trauma and violence.
Drawing on paralinguistic theory, queer linguistics and embodied artistic practices,WordMord explores the possibilities of destabilising/disrupting/disturbing/troubling normative patriarchal language by seeking queer feminist methodologies that desire/speak languages in plural. These practices of language destabilisation do not emerge from the prohibition of words/notions, but rather from a desire to undo the separation of language from the body/affect/sexuality.
#WordMord´s initial research group: Vassiliea Stylianidou aka Franck-Lee Alli-Tis, Angeliki Diakrousi, Christina Karagianni, Stylianos Benetos aka Oýto Arognos, Mounologies: Eleni Diamantouli and Anna Delimpasi. It started in collaboration with the #CNMFPP in 2019.