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Alexander Kluge
The Eye of the Dragonfly

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Over the course of the coming season and beyond, Alexander Kluge and the Development Company for Television Programmes (dctp.tv) will contribute to Volksbühne Fullscreen with a series of films, presenting a new episode every Friday for 52 weeks, each new episode will be on view from Friday 1230 until Sunday 12.30 (48 hours). The Eye of the Dragonfly represents a new constellation in Alexander Kluge's moving image galaxy. A living archive conceived to create a bridge between the many facets of Volksbühne's new and past productions, Kluge' production keeps one eye on our cultural identity and the others on our future.

Writer and filmmaker Alexander Kluge is one of the leading intellectual voices in Germany today. His research and practice revolves around film, literature, social theory, film theory, television programs, and political action on various cultural fronts.

Concept, Director: Alexander Kluge

Produced by: dctp TV, Düsseldorf

Episode 35: 18.-25.05.2018

Filming on the Volksbühne rehearsal stage

LANGUAGE Treasure / Prof. Dr. med. Ernst Kausen: Every 10 days a language dies

45 minutes

There are about 6,000 languages ​​on earth. Some belong to large language families and their branches. Others are unique and appear like islands. All languages, however, regardless of the historical stage of development of their speakers, have a comparable complexity.

The richness of a language can be in its vocabulary, grammar or in phonetics. There are languages ​​that have sound differences totally unknown to us Europeans. The "alphabet" of a language can consist of 160 consonants, not counting the vowels. In other languages, grammatical flexibility is especially developed. Thus, in Greek antiquity there is the opative mode, the form of desire that we could only rewrite in Europe today: the grammar of utopia. And in Basque, there is the ERGATIVE, a peculiar grammatical form in which the speaker sets apart his other activities from serious work.

The most languages ​​in confined space exist in the enclosed valleys of New Guinea: over 1,000. The most languages in a wide area ​​can be found on the African continent. Human language was originally created in Africa. It is not widely known that most Africans are trilingual: they speak their native dialect, one of the common languages ​​of the African language such as Swahili and the colonial language. As for the colonial languages, one can speak for West Africa as Latin Africa.

To be the last speaker of a dying language, sometimes three or even one person, Voice scouts from the best universities in the world gather together. They are looking to recover the treasure just in time. New languages ​​are also being permanently created. After isolation from an original language community, it takes about 500 years for a new language to delineate and stabilise itself.

The two volumes written by the mathematician and linguist Prof. Dr. med. Ernst Kausen dedicated to the language families of the world are as thick as four bricks. Kausen collects the wealth of languages ​​as the Brothers Grimm collected fairy tales.

Cast

Concept, Director: Alexander Kluge
Curator: Giulio Bursi

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