Supported by the Arts Council and Wicklow County Council


In May 2023 as part of Kunstverein Aughrim’s friendly takeover of The Courthouse Arts Centre in Tinahely, Kunstverein Aughrim presented Untranslatable Kernels – a writing workshop by Yurika Higashikawa.

The workshop took place on Saturday 20 May, from 11am–1pm at The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, County Wicklow. Eight participants joined for a two-hour writing workshop, featuring a series of writing exercises devised in response to ideas around hospitality and untranslatability, based on Richard Kearney's text ‘Linguistic Hospitality – The Risk of Translation’*.

A crucial step in resisting the lure of the Perfect Translation is to honor a dialectical balance between proximity (welcoming the stranger into our midst) and distance (acknowledging that something is always lost in translation: the other’s meanings can never be completely mine).

*A version of this essay features in Richard Kearney and Melissa Fitzpatrick's "Radical Hospitality: From Thought to Action", published in 2021.
Another version may be accessed here