Tongue Tide

July 2017

Curated by Christina Freeman and Emireth Herrera at Flux Factory

Installation by Purgatory Pie Press

Inspired by Flux Factory’s location in Queens, NY—the most language-dense area in the world–Tongue Tide explored the multitude of ways in which artists engage with language, addressing both its tide-like ebb and flow as well as its limitations.

Martha Wilson performs Thump

Investigating the ways in which we experience, use and understand words, the projects included: games, performances, printed text installation, neon sign, nomadic library, opera, karaoke booth, artists books, online dictionary, video installation, walks, conversations over meals, visual storytelling workshops and more.

Grayson Earle, Poemecia
Pilipinx American Library

Participating Artists:

Amela Parcic & Marija DraskicAmira HanafiThe Blue Bus ProjectBibi Calderaro, Carlos SalasEugenio De Giovanni PizzornoGraciela CasselGrayson EarleHeather Kapplow & Ernie Kim, Helen LeeIrene ChanJean Barberis & Daupo, Jevijoe VitugJ TriangularKatie MurrayKristin McIverMagali Duzant, Masoom Moitra, Maribel PlasenciaMartha Wilson, Michal Dzitko, Nina RossP A L / Pilipinx American LibraryPatricia SilvaPurgatory Pie PressRashedul Deepon & Dan Silverman, Xenia Diente 


Hyperallergic “Playing with Words in the Most Linguistically Diverse Place in the World”

ArtFCity  “This Week’s Must See Art Events”

Bi-Coastal Pop Up Library Aims to Introduce Readers to Filipino American Literature – NBC News

Greenpointers  “Tongue Tide, Zine Fest, Harpoon Siracha Blonde, Summer Shake-Up, Twerk It Tuesday — What’s Happening, Greenpoint?”

ArtCards “Editor’s Pick”

Queens Chronicle

Amela Parcic & Marija Draskic


Support for Tongue Tide was provided by the New York Community Trust, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and the New York State Legislature, in-kind support from Materials for the Arts and Lagunitas.