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Digital Installation

Weifangese Cadence

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  • Work byHuiqun Xu

    Supervised byBruna Ferreira Montuori
    Jordan Jon Hodgson
  • Published on Dec 2023
This project explores and preserves Weifangese*, a dialect from Eastern Asia. The purpose of this project is to maintain Weifangese for future generations and to promote the value of preserving local dialects.

The project will examine the history, features, and usage of Weifangese, and document the experiences and socio-cultural role of native speakers. This project represents a dedication to protecting Weifangese and respecting the linguistic diversity of the region.


Mandarin is the standard language established by the Chinese authorities to promote national unification and cross-regional communication. Mandarin is based on Beijing dialect and adopts standardized grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary. It is the official language in China and internationally.

There are significant differences between Mandarin and other dialects, For example, Mandarin has a set of distinctions in its phonology, reflecting what can be characterized as definitive innovations not seen in other Chinese common dialect groups.


The authorities has adopted positive policies in the past few decades to promote the use of official talks. Through language standardization and promotional publicity activities, they are committed to establishing official language as a unified language of the country.


One such dialect is Weifangese, a vital component of the culture of Weifang, a city in East China. In the context of dialects decline, local languages like Weifangese are losing their prominence and relevance. This project focuses on Weifangese and aims to demonstrate the importance of preserving cultural diversity and linguistic heritage.


A detailed survey was conducted to understand Weifang’s linguistic landscape, indicating a correlation between language use and factors like region, culture, economy, and education. For instance, Mandarin was more common in urban centers, while Weifangese prevailed in rural or remote areas.


To counter the decline of Weifangese in areas frequented by the youth, such as malls and offices, “Weifangese Collection Devices” were planned to be installed in areas where the dialect was still strong, like local eateries and parks. These devices would record audio and video of Weifangese, capturing its unique aspects.

The data collected would feed into a public art installation near a popular shopping area, designed as a human head to symbolize the connection between past and present.

This installation would play real Weifangese conversations, immersing young people in the dialect.


This project aimed to spark youth interest in Weifangese, encouraging them to explore its history and ensure its survival. It was not just about preserving heritage but also celebrating local diversity and pride.



Weifangese*: Weifangese is officially known as the Weifang Dialect. In the context of this page, and indeed this project as a whole, the term 'Weifangese' is used to refer to the language (or dialect) spoken in Weifang City and its surrounding areas.