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A preserving ode to languages that are on the verge of extinction


3D viewing room

When a language is lost, the connection that people have with a specific place and its community weakens. For Not in so many words in Kröller-Müller, Fillip Studios selected 145 languages from the UNESCO atlas of the world’s languages in danger, including Éven, Chantal, Trumai, Waima’s and Savosavo.

Every day a unique drawing was created in the Kröller-Müller museum this year, whereby a language that initially could only be under-stood by the indigenous community is translated into an image that can be understood and experienced by all.

The Canorgraphy technique used for this installation was developed by Meerman in 2014 and converts sound into a graphic image. In Vocode, speaking the language not only makes the air vibrate, but also a special pen that dances over lines of the frequenties. This makes a sound not only audible, but also visible.

In this 3D exhibition you can get an overview of 10 of the drawings that has been created by the Vocode machine. Download the whole catalog on

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Fillip Studios

Fillip Studios makes impact through wonder. The studio is founded by artists Roos Meerman and Tom Kortbeek. Projects from the studio have been shown in Museum Arnhem, Bozar Brussels, Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, Trapholt Museum, South by Southwest and Kröller-Müller.