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It's deja vu at the Language Centre as the slogans of '68 are written anew

The writing is on the wall at the Language Centre where students have been scrawling revolutionary political slogans up and down the stairwells.

Not that staff at the centre mind the outbreak of graffiti – because it was their idea in the first place as they came up with a striking fusion of art, language and the virtual world to help students picking up new skills in French. 

Michel and Herve with the new artworkAll the slogans began with Hervé Didiot-Cook, French Language Co-ordinator at the centre, who saw the chance to make new use of some old material. He said: 'Most of the slogans were the ones used during the 1968 uprising in Paris. We gave them to the students and asked them to play with them and re-invent them, turning them into new versions. We were surprised with what they came up with.' 

Students reinterpreted the battle-cries of '68 from famous intellectuals or politicians like 'Corruption is the opium of the people' and 'No democracy under one party' into new versions that used puns in French or contrasted them with meanings in their own languages (including Chinese, Gaelic, Russian and Arabic). 

And their work was written large when artist Michel Herreria was commissioned to produce a giant artwork incorporating the new slogans up the stairs of the centre's Clare Market home. 

Michel, who has produced many works, including video projections, at LSE over the past decade, came up with a colourful and striking frieze of the words and associated images over two flights of stairs. 

students visit Second Life exhibitionAnd students have a further chance to work with his art as the collaboration with the language centre has now produced a virtual exhibition, titled Déjà Vu,  of Michel's earlier works in the virtual world of Second Life. 

Here visitors can view (and hear) his animations, images and films with a good chance of bumping into Language Centre students and staff – or even the artist himself. 

And just to reinforce the LSE connection, some of the campuses familiar artworks – including Bluerain and the LSE penguin - are also part of the exhibition. 

Hervé explained: 'It's also a practical exercise for students. They can leave a voice recording in the exhibition of what they think of the artworks they are looking at. At the same time, it's a great way to enhance their teamwork.' 

All the students involved in the project have been following the post A-level standard French Language and Society courses

For more information about the French projects at the centre (including more details on the Déjà Vu exhibition, please visit http://www2.lse.ac.uk/language/Projects/French%20Projects/FrenchProjects.aspx |

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