Etj Kjenn Nijch Plaut'dietsch is a performance and sound-based installation in dialogue with the work of Herman Rempel, author of the first Mennonite Plaut'dietsch (Low German) dictionary, titled Kjenn Jie Noch Plaut'dietsch?, written in 1979. The focus of the work is an endurance-based audio performance, in which Rempel's voice is heard saying each word in the dictionary out loud, with the artist quickly repeating each word after him, a six-hour pedagogical exercise and rhythmic duet with Rempel's ghostly vocal recordings of the lexicon. Focusing on the technological and cultural infrastructures used to preserve and teach language, (and so, also, culture), Etj Kjenn Nijch Plaut'dietsch functions as a sort of failing, frail and futile monument to those who are working to preserve and animate the (mostly) dying Plaut'dietsch language through online, text-based, and oral means.

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