Strangers in Karaoke

Matteo Marangoni
Davide Tidoni


Davide Tidoni and Matteo Marangoni in Strangers in Karaoke address the challenge of becoming familiar with a foreign culture while confronting negative stereotypes. Davide Tidoni asked non-native Dutch residents to make karaoke interpretations of popular Dutch songs. The Dutch songs have been transcribed by the non native speakers according to the phonetics of their native tongue, highlighting the difficulties in becoming familiar with the sounds of a new language. Matteo Marangoni instead asked project participants to choose a cliché song from their country of origin, and to sing it, as an exercise in confronting uncomfortable stereotypes. Exhibition visitors are invited to sing along.

Strangers in Karaoke was developed as part of the exhibition Should I Stay or Should I Go, addressing questions around identity and migration viewed through the individual experiences of members of the international artist community in The Hague. 

Strangers in Karaoke was commissioned by Tetem and created with the participation of: Erfan Abdi, Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Wen Chin Fu, Ji Kang, Gábor Kerekes, Hanna Ijäs, Jonathan Reus, Ludmila Rodrigues, Daniël Siegersma, Sissel Marie Tonn and Philip Vermeulen.