Après Babel, traduire
14.12.2016 – 20.03.2017
The After Babel, Translate exhibition is running at the Mucem from 14 December 2016 to 20 March 2017. Babel, a Hebrew word meaning ‘confusion’, is in reference to the Tower of Babel, the origin of language diversity, but is this diversity a curse or an opportunity? Answer: an opportunity, provided there is translation.
Translation is one of the great cultural and social challenges of our globalised world. To translate is to prefer the costly and sometimes tricky task of tackling differences between languages, cultures and world views to compare and reconcile them over accepting fast, basic communication in more or less artificial languages (‘global English’ or Globish today).