Universal Tongue is a project by visual artist Anouk Kruithof

Over 8800 dance-videos were collected from Youtube and Instagram with a team of 50 researchers located all over the world.

Each researcher received a symbolic fee of 1 euro per delivered video. Researchers also submitted small texts about the dance-styles being represented in their found videos.

The total length of all this found video material was 250 hours.

After the rough-cut a total length of 80 hours remained. 

The final video installation consists of 8 channels (dimensions variable) with 8 films that have a duration of 4 hours each.

A dance-conclave through the jungle of the internet, Universal Tongue shows 32 hours of completely mixed mesmerizing video presenting 1000 dance-styles from all over the world!