CreaTures Glossary: Building a Vocabulary for Change
This workshop invites the first public interaction with the Glossary, a radically open, fluid and changeable, interactive interface for giving meaning to a lexicon of terms related to creative practice and eco-social transformation. Participants will play language-generating and meaning-making games in a relaxed, collaborative online space.
The CreaTures Glossary is a radically open, fluid and changeable, interactive interface for giving meaning to a lexicon of terms related to creative practice and eco-social transformation (a working list of terms is available here).
It thinks of language as belonging to no one in particular and to everyone at the same time.
Reference works like dictionaries, glossaries, and thesauri usually give an elite group of experts the authority to assign meanings to words, even though language is a dynamic social thing. The Glossary meets language where it lives—in social situations. It tries to give users access not just to use words in new ways, but also to be heard and understood while doing so.
This workshop invites the first public interaction with the Glossary. Participants will play language-generating and meaning-making games in a relaxed, collaborative online space. It is also a chance to give feedback on the interface, which is under development. Anyone can participate; there are no required skills or experience. Artists, creators, and people who use more than one language are especially encouraged to attend.
✨ Please note that the Glossary workshop is part of a research work organised in collaboration with the CreaTures project. We will send details about the research to all registered participants but if you have any questions already now, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org ✨
Amira Hanafi is a poet, cultural worker, and artist working with language as a material. She makes systems and games to prompt and play with different kinds of language. Publishing and performance are fundamental tactics. Polyvocality is both a theme and a strategy in their work, which has been shown widely online and in offline spaces around the world. Amira is the author of the hybrid genre books Forgery and Minced English, a number of limited edition print works, and several works of electronic literature, including A dictionary of the revolution, which won Denmark's 2019 Public Library Prize for Electronic Literature. Amira holds US and Egypt passports and has made her home in both countries.