20 June: Submarine Channel Live @ EYE > Unspeak
UNSPEAK – Words Are Weapons, a preview of the upcoming iDoc
Based on British journalist Steven Poole’s intriguing book of the same name, Unspeak is a brand-new interactive documentary series by Submarine Channel that critically and satirically reveals the unspoken messages and obscured meanings behind familiar media terms such as War on Terror, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Climate Change, File Sharing, Austerity Measures, Erectile Dysfunction, or the Dutch word Kopvoddentax.
Through a radical collage of archive footage, quotes, and Steven Poole’s own enlightening analyses, Unspeak visualizes how language is manipulated to suit political agendas, smuggling persuasion into description.
We’re thrilled to be collaborating with award-winning Dutch-design studio Catalog Tree (who we’ve previously profiled) on the web design of the project, which features short documentaries, an interactive data visualization and a participatory Unspeak dictionary that people can explore and contribute to.
Watch the short introduction film below to find out more.
Event program (± 75 mins.)
Welcome and introduction
5 Unspeak episodes
Related clips from the EYE Archive
Live column by Steven Poole
A demonstration of the accompanying web app