Slanguages – partnership with Oxford university

How languages are propelling British grime, comedy and percussion, a collaboration between PUNCH, Birmingham City University and University of Oxford.

Informed by cutting-edge research at Birmingham City University and the University of Oxford, ‘Slanguages’ explores the work of Rinkoo Barpaga – a Deaf comedian and film maker who has created his own urban sign language, grime musician RTKAL and Nigeria’s first Grammy Award winner, percussionist Lekan Babalola.

All three Birmingham-based performers use ‘insider’ and community languages – or ‘slanguages’ – in their musical and artistic work, and the new exhibition at Wolfson College displays aspects of their archives and ephemera that highlights their cultural significance, as they constantly push the boundaries of British urban culture.