Aga Młyńczak’s ‘Teach Me a Word’ project has been ongoing for over a year now. In it, the artist seeks to build an interactive linguistic map of the Govanhill neighbourhood of Glasgow based on her invitation to participants to ‘teach me a word you are afraid to forget’ in any language they speak- a model which will go on to be replicated in Esquiliano (Rome) and Kreuzberg (Berlin). The map intends to question the dominance of English, and to make visible the many languages living side by side, overlapping and intermingling amongst a group of literal neighbours. The project will remain online, where participants can currently record their own submission at https://www.teachmeaword.eu/ . The physical iteration for the Flock Circumstance exhibition shows a sound sculpture built from these words and definitions, which Młyńczak has translated visually in a series of analogue photographs.
Aga Paulina Młyńczak is an Artist/Curator from Poland based in Glasgow. She was born in Wroclaw (PL), studied and worked in Aalborg (DK), Venice (IT) as well as Copenhagen. She delivered successful independent group exhibitions in Copenhagen and has taken the leading role in a UK-based collective FLING that carries out shows and supporting events – most notably the three consecutive shows in Tramway RELAY (2019). Młyńczak co-directs 16 Nicholson Street Gallery (16NSt) which supports early-career artists.
In both her curatorial and artistic practice, she seeks to collaborate with and highlight women as well as the LGBTQ+ community while engaging with genres within the widely understood intersection of art and technology. In Młyńczak’s individual art practice, she works with photography, recording, transmedia and language. With her most recent artistic inquiry into systems of langugage sharing, she aims to invite the public to large-scale – real-life as well as internet-based – participatory art projects.