Bitterswiet: A Tiny Mulder Inquiry in Word and Voice

Bitterswiet: A Tiny Mulder Inquiry in Word and Voice is an anthology of essays, poems, and other materials that investigate (the Frisian) language as a tool for resistance. It journeys through the work and life of Frisian poet and member of the Dutch resistance during WWII Tiny Mulder, Anne Carson’s theoretical work, and the history and phonetics of the Frisian language. In doing so, it explores the affective qualities of spoken language in general, and of Frisian in particular, to discover how we may build a borderless, love-filled assertion of an other world.

The book is written in English and Frisian, holds contributions by Eduard Knotter and Alina Lupu, is published by n.k.g. publications, and is designed by Toni Brell.

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This publication was conceived as a continuation of the research performance Bitterswiet: A Tiny Mulder Inquiry in Voice and Word that started with a residency at Kunsthuis Syb in Beetsterzwaag, Friesland.

Bitterswiet: A Tiny Mulder Inquiry in Word and Voice was launched at Kunsthuis Syb on Nov. 9, 2023, and at San Serriffe on Nov. 17, 2023, accompanied by a series of ceramic sculptures and a Frisian listening session, in which recordings of Tiny Mulder’s poems read by Eduard Knotter and Hannes Schievink were accompanied by a video-drawing by Hannes Schievink.