25-29 August 2021

Potential Wor(l)ds: Remote Connection – a slow-tempo, remote, guided experimentation over Telegram

Tickets: Free

Book your participation slot by 7PM Sunday 22 August by filling out our sign-up form to participate in this programme 25-29 August.

Download Telegram here.

Show Time: Daily Prompts 25-29 August

The first event connected to our current exhibition, All Our Relations / Ár gCaidreamh Uilig, is back by popular demand!


Potential Wor(l)ds: Remote Connection is a slow-tempo event with artists Anna Bunting-Branch and Aliyah Hussain that will take place (at your own pace) over several days, through the messaging app, Telegram. This guided experimentation will consider and ‘prefigure’ future communicative possibilities, using the speculative fiction of Suzette Haden Elgin and the invented feminist language Láadan as a starting point. 

After registering, participants will be posted a materials pack and will receive daily prompts via the Telegram App from August 25 to 29 that they can respond to in their own time. Make sure to download Telegram for free in order to receive your prompts, which is available for Android, iOS, PC, Linux and macOS. This workshop is free but spaces are extremely limited, and advance booking is essential. Booking for limited places will close on 22 August!

Due to postage costs, we can only send packs to participants in Ireland/Europe/UK. If you live elsewhere and would like to join us, email sara@projectartscentre.ie and we can send a short list of materials for you to source yourself.

The materials pack text is offered in both English and in Irish.


Potential Wor(l)ds: Remote Connection
Anna Bunting-Branch and Aliyah Hussain

Potential Wor(l)ds is a collaborative project between artists Anna Bunting-Branch and Aliyah Hussain, drawing on shared interests in feminist science fiction, embodied processes of making, and different ways of worldbuilding.   

The project is inspired by Láadan, a feminist language created by linguist and science fiction writer Suzette Haden Elgin in 1984.  Finding herself unable to express certain ideas and emotions in English, Elgin wanted to make space for new words and ways of communicating.  Elgin saw gaps in dominant language – where ‘there ought to be a word,’ but none yet exists – as a place to start creating change.  She called these gaps ‘potential words.’

The idea of these potential wor(l)ds has formed the basis of workshops that we have held since 2018, where we experiment with sound, objects, drawing and our own bodies to create a collective vocabulary.  

Adapted from our workshops for socially-distanced participants using smartphones, Remote Connection is an invitation to explore language and expression over five days of guided experimentation.  Together we will move through more familiar ways of communicating via our phones (like messaging apps, voice notes and streaming) towards stranger and more playful ways of using this tool.  Participants will receive a material kit and daily prompts that they will be invited to respond to in their own time.  

Material from Remote Connection will be added to the Potential Wor(l)ds dictionary


How It Works

There are limited spaces, so participation will be first-come-first-served for those signing up via the form.

Material packs will be sent via post to all participants.

From 25-29 August, participants will be sent daily prompts via the Telegram App.

You can complete these prompts at your own pace.

Download Telegram here.


Image: Thor Brødreskift


The materials pack text is offered in both English and in Irish.

Participants will need to download the Telegram app. This is available here. 

You can find the latest information about Project’s accessibility here. Please do not hesitate to contact us at access@projectartscentre.ie or call 01 8819 613 .


About Potential Wor(l)ds:

Potential Wor(l)ds is a collaborative project between artists Anna Bunting-Branch and Aliyah Hussain.  

Since 2018, this alternative collective language has expanded to include new words created by participants in workshops held at Bergen Kunsthall (2018) Lighthouse in Brighton (2019), The Studio School in Liverpool (2019) and Sonic Acts Academy in Amsterdam (2020), as well as a physical translation as part of the group exhibition Soft Bodies at Castlefield Gallery in Manchester (2020). 

Potential Wor(l)ds is archived in an online dictionary which remains open to submissions from future workshops. www.potentialworlds.com


About us

Anna Bunting-Branch is an artist and researcher based in London. Moving between different practices–including painting, writing and animation–her work explores science fiction as a methodology to re-vision feminist practice and its histories. Her solo presentations include Warm Worlds and Otherwise, QUAD, Derby (2020) and Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (2018), and The Labours of Barren House, Jerwood Space, London (2017). Recently, her work has been presented in group exhibitions and events at Bergen Kunsthall, CCA Derry-Londonderry, FACT Liverpool, Helsinki Contemporary and ICA London, and she has published work in Fandom as Methodology (Goldsmiths Press, 2019), MAP Magazine and Art Licks. Anna is currently undertaking a practice-related PhD at Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, supported by the AHRC London Arts & Humanities Partnership. In 2019 she was awarded an Arts Council England Project Grant. www.annabuntingbranch.com

Aliyah Hussain’s practice approaches themes found within feminist science fiction literature, she works with abstract forms and uses these to construct narratives in order to explore different modes of communication and miscommunication. With a background in performance and a practice rooted in process and making, her work moves across sound, ceramics, and drawing, with the methods of collage underpinning each discipline. Sound works are created with contact mics and sculptural objects, incorporating drawing, gesture, pressure and tension. Based between Todmorden, West Yorkshire and Salford she has released three EPs of experimental electronic music -“Native Tongue” on Bloxham Tapes (2019) and ‘Woman on the Edge of Time’ (2018)  and ‘Sultana’s Dream’ on Sacred Tapes (2016). Recent presentations and commissions include, The Sleep of Plants, Holden Gallery (online) Manchester, 2020  Always mysteries of the tongue, HOME, Manchester (2019), you feel me_ and ~ all the feels ~ at FACT, Liverpool (2019), Warm Worlds and Otherwise by Anna Bunting-Branch, QUAD, Derby (2020) and Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (2018). www.aliyahhussain.co.uk


Project Arts Centre is proud to be supported by the Arts Council Ireland and Dublin City Council.

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