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Language Machine: Text, Code, and Poetry


· Sara Trawöger
· Amirali Bashiri
· Laura Sophie Meyer
· Aleksander Segieth
· Sanaz Rafii
Çağla Gillis
· Ralf Petersen
· Valentina Rodríguez
· Lesia Kvitka

Welcome to an innovative digital journey that breaks free from traditional expressions and invites you not only to write poetry but to become poetry.

Explore the depths with the Language Machine, seeking answers: what holds greater relevance in contemporary linguistic art? Is it the text as the essence that forms the foundation of poetry, or is it the beauty of textual form, akin to a code that shapes the perfect poetic structure?

This exhibition as a part of the Wrong Biennale 2023/2024 is a dynamic voyage into how language seamlessly transforms into a canvas for creative expression. It's a tribute to language as a living, evolving entity where words and code interweave, giving birth to intricate narratives. Our curated collection offers a multitude of interpretations, immersing you in the most captivating forms of language.

Here, a convergence of media, including hybrid art, videos, animations, texts, and sounds, presents a vibrant tapestry of voices. Each piece bears testimony to the limitless creativity that blossoms when art and language engage in an enchanting dance.

Join us from Noveber 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024 on this artistic journey where international artists gather to celebrate the power of words and the elegance of code. While our contributors span the globe, a significant portion hails from Kunstuniversität Linz - a center of experimental art and design in the heart of Europe, enriching the conversation with a unique perspective.

Kunstuniversität Linz
Domgasse 1
4020 Linz, Austria
Curator: Lesia Kvitka




When there are no more words, music remains.
In 'Voided,' the absence of spoken words is a deliberate choice, making room for a different kind of language - one woven from sounds and scapes. This sonic language becomes a means to convey emotions. The project's exploration of emptiness, loud silence, and quiet saturation mirrors the multifaceted nature of language and its role in our expressive palette, aligning seamlessly with the themes of the Language Machine exhibition.

“When there are no more words, music remains. The sounds and scapes I create are the language with which I can express my feelings when words are missing or cannot be found. "Voided" cuts the overstimulation, is empty of spoken text but full of stories, loud in silence and quiet in saturation, opens wide in a second and then narrows again, but over time soaks the listener step by step into emptiness”, - Sara Trawöger.
‘Voided' cuts the overstimulation, is empty of spoken text but full of stories

Sara Trawöger, born in 1992 in Linz, Upper Austria, completed her bachelor's degree in theater, film and media studies in Vienna in 2015 and is now studying for a master's degree in applied theater studies in Giessen (Hesse) and a master's degree in time-based media at the University of Art and Design Linz. Her artistic work ranges from photography and sound design to installation and performance. Influenced by feminist, socio-critical and identity-critical debates, she works on the essence of human existence. She was the drummer in the band LA SABOTAGE and has been performing with her electronic solo project ABRUPT since 2019. In 2021, her music-performance-film SIE LEIDEN LIEBER STUMM premiered at Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt am Main, Hesse). In the same year, as part of the #TakeCare residency (at Theater neben dem Turm, Marburg, Germany), she explores the sound of sirens, that sound once a week in a test run in her home country, in VERDACHTSFLÄCHE ALTLAST. With this work, she critically examines the sediments of history and how historical traces have been preserved in acoustic signals in everyday noise levels. Trawöger is currently working as a sound artist for various international theater projects and on her first experimental film.