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Maria Fusco

Radical Dialect

Various locations


"I am for adjectives like beezer, dreich, quare, and nouns like clart, drouth, gleed, mizzle, oxters, scoot-hole, smoor, and verbs like boke, fissle, greet, hunker, swither, and adverbs like furnenst."

'Radical Dialect' is a new project conceived by writer Maria Fusco considering the critical uses of vernacular forms of speaking and writing. The project explores the occurrences and potential uses of dialect words, syntax and language within the field of contemporary art and question traditional orthodoxies of creative and critical writing within contemporary art.

Fusco writes “I am for non-standard English language as a legitimate and enriching form of critical and creative writing which does not take modalities of criticality as given, rather it tends to, and experiments with non-division between practice and theory, criticism and creativity."

The project will include a cycle of events, a series of commissioned publications and a major new performance, all taking shape across 2017 and 2018.

Funded by an Innovation Initiative Grant from the University of Edinburgh's Edinburgh Fund.

Image: Student preparing 1950 Revel decorations, painting the mouth of a paper mache dinosaur head.
© Edinburgh College of Art

Discussion / Maria Fusco presents Lisa Robertson
Discussion / Maria Fusco presents Lauren Hall-Lew