Research lead: Jenny Chamarette (Department of Film, Queen Mary University of London)
Translation Games is an interdisciplinary, multi-platform project involving collaborations between languages students at Queen Mary University of London and King’s College London (KCL), as well as artists, textile designers, digital technologists, and researchers at the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at Queen Mary (in particular the GHack collective). It is based around the concept of translation as a form of cultural difference that can create innovative new ways of exploring language learning, translation practices and digital and creative practices. Based on the game of Chinese Whispers, the team have created a complex ‘translation chain’, running a commissioned piece of short fiction through several language combinations, in addition to a ‘chain’ of artists and textile designers. The project has so far been funded by the King’s Cultural Institute and the KCL German Department. The lead collaborator at Queen Mary is Jenny Chamarette (Department of Film).