C’mon Language was an exhibition and residency that ran from June-September 2013 at Portland Museum for Contemporary Art. As an effort to generate a coherent vocabulary of forms over its four month run, the exhibition’s medium was a social practice.
Designed to draw out and display different means of communication, the evolving installation workshops, archives, and showcases a variety of perspectives on the common query: “How do we make ourselves understood?” Modeled after some of the core concepts in the early education pedagogy of Reggio Emilia, this open-ended question or “provocation” was explored through every component of the exhibition—events, documentation, production, display, and a publication.
Each week a contributing visitor to C’mon Language presented a workshop, lesson, performance or activity for a core group of participants. Contributors include artists, teachers, physicists, lawyers, basket weavers, psychologists, writers, composers, and performers. Namely: Richard Taylor, Dean Daderko, Ohad Meromi, the CT + CR collective, Matt Keegan, Kohel Haver, Isla Leaver-Yap, Margaret Matthewson, Lucy Raven, Claire Barliant, Gregory Anderson, Amber Gayle, Marc Handelman, AL Steiner, and Nick Hallett.