May 10th, 2008


Here’s a video Julia and I made in Ghent, a few months ago. We interviewed some people about what it’s like to be a fish out of water, with regard to being new in a foreign country.

I don’t have the original files anymore so you have to play the audio separately (it was originally a video installation where the audio file was played on a loop, independently of the video).

So first click play on the audio stream below, and then on the video below that. They don’t have to be synchronized.
Immigratie from Jonathan Beaton on Vimeo.

There are some parts of the video where you won’t be able to understand it if you don’t speak Dutch and/or Czech – it was intended for a Dutch-speaking audience, most of whom speak good English.

Also important to note is that sometimes the dutch grammar is not perfect – this is mostly due to being a rough transcript of the actual speakers’ words, and the speakers are not all native speakers of the languages they are speaking. I have to apologise for the spelling mistakes in the dutch though – I notice many now that I was too poor in dutch to notice at the time we made the video.


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