About the Project
In May 2008, Creative Time presented Hey Hey Glossolalia, a month-long series of events that explored the use of the voice in contemporary art. The projects included in Hey Hey Glossolalia combined sound, image, performance, and writing to investigate issues not limited to, the peripheries of speech, the charged relationship between speaker and audience, and how the artist (and curator) can speak with and through the voice of others.
“Hey Hey Glossolalia” derives from two terms in spoken language: “hey hey,” an exclamation and call for attention, and “glossolalia,” an evangelical term meaning “speaking in tongues”—utterances that resemble speech but are unintelligible. The title was inspired by Dadaist abstraction of language and the seemingly meaningless but often repeated beat marker in popular music.
Photograph by Sam Horine
Hey Hey Glossolalia