It’s the holiday season and in the spirit of this time of year I have decided to give away a piece of my art. Last year I had a similar event where I asked everyone to email me on a particular day, at a particular time. I opted not to do this method again, considering it caused quite a problem with my email provider when hundreds of emails hit them all at once. This year it will be a competition of wit and intellect. Are you up for the challenge?
This year’s competition is a competition of words, in particular, creating new words. This idea came to me after my friend and artist, Nicole McConville invented a word to describe her work: sigilation. In her
It could be a noun, verb, whatever, but it MUST be original and not appear in any dictionary.
Submission guidelines READ CAREFULLY!!!!!!!
- Invent a word. It must somehow relate to art, artists, the artistic process, or creativity.
- It can be any type of word, noun, verb, adjective, adverb, etc.
- The submission must be original and not appear in any dictionary.
- You can create it from an existing root word. For instance: Neo-shrinalist (a term I jokingly use to describe my art) would be acceptable or as in Nicole’s
case: sigilation from the root sigil.
- A nonsense word would also be acceptable (Dada would be an example of an invented nonsense word).
- The word must be submitted as an actual dictionary entry.
- It must have a pronunciation key. You might need to cut and paste the symbols into your entry.
- Your submission(s) must be emailed to me at email@example.com by January 3rd 2007
- THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT: The subject line of the email must read: artspeak (it needs to be one word, in lower
case. Any variation in the above spelling will never reach the selection committee.
- Two submissions per person…that’s it no more.
The Selection Process
- Is it original?
- Does it pertain to art, the art process, or some aspect of creativity?
- Is it inventive or witty?
- Does it roll off the tongue?
- Is it catchy?
- Did the entrant follow the submission guidelines?
Keeping with the theme of the competition I have created an assemblage piece using a old dictionary. It is valued at $500
The winner will be announced on January 19th via email. The winner’s entry and the entries of the twenty-one runner-ups will be posted on my site (www.michaeldemeng.com) and on my blog (www.michaeldemeng.blogspot.com).
Good luck and happy wordsmithing,