A World Without Words

A World Without Words is a project by writer and filmmaker Lotje Sodderland, in collaboration with poet and curator SJ Fowler and artist and material engineer Thomas Duggan.

Bringing together the most dynamic genre pioneers in neuroscience and sensory aesthetics, A World Without Words explores the nature of human language through a collaborative program of exhibitions, interactive events, and screenings in bespoke venues across London.

Language is considered perhaps the most characteristic ability of the human species, yet very little is known about it. When Lotje had an unprovoked brain hemorrhage, she woke to find a familiar stranger inhabiting her body, where her ‘self’ used to be. Unable to read, write, speak, or think coherently, she used this unique opportunity as a lens through which to explore the everyday assumptions of how we wield words to express ourselves, bringing a profoundly personal perspective to the contemporary Copernican revolution of neuroscience.

A World Without Words is the latest in Lotje’s body of work around visual perception and neurolinguistics, notable highlights being her Guardian feature All In My Mind and multiple award-winning documentary My Beautiful Broken Brain.

The first event is on May 6th 7.00pm – 10.00pm, Apiary Studios, 458 Hackney Road, London, E2 9EG. Entry is free. Space is limited so come early to get a spot.

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