glossolalia | 54m, video, 2021

Set on a single stage, glossolalia hosts a method acting class, in which actors are trained to access and utilise their unconscious and irrational nature, alongside an Accent Softening Course for Business, whereby international workers learn the ‘Standard English’ accent so as to help further their careers in the UK.

Interspersed throughout are a series of scenes, including children learning to speak and a contortionist performing, which further question conditioned relationships to language, behaviour, and pedagogy in 21st century Britain.

Director: henry bradley
Cinematography: henry bradley and Irene Gomez-Emillson
Accent Teacher: Kate Montague
Accent Class participants: Omar Fernandez, Micaela Ghiozzi, Marcel Hagen, Cristina Massaro, Beatrix Newsome, Nikolay Soyer, Sabrina Richmond
Method Acting Teacher: Sam Rumbelow
Method Acting Class participants: Sam Rumbelow’s Summer Term 2017 Method Acting class
Child actors: Leon Clarke, Jasmine Green, Finn Kelly, Sienna James-Alleyne, Micah Rylan-Pillay, Starzian West
Contortionist: Ramona Reinvall

Special Thanks: Angelica Bollettinari, Ariel Caine, Jasper Dharko, Elaine Eaglestone at Casting Kids, Denise Ebsworth, Irene Gomez-Emillson, Kate Montague, Layla Mrazi, Ferrara Residency, Sam Rumbelow (and his class), Dean Ross, Susan Schuppli

Install shots: Soft Architecture, Goldsmiths University, London, UK, 2017


Supported by: Goldsmiths University, MA Centre for Research Architecture, London, UK