Thursday, 23 April 2009

Design a dictionary project

"It is often forgotten that dictionaries are artificial repositories, put together well after the language they define. The roots of language are irrational and of a magical nature."

Jorge Luis Borges

The Brief - 

Define 40 words. Design a dictionary in any medium.
The words must relate to one subject.

My immediate thoughts on this project were to steer away from making a book and to try to stay away from computers as this has been dominating my work lately! When the word 'dictionary' is mentioned obviously immediatley people have the image of a book in their heads. I don't want to stick to this traditional method as i think a dictionary can be so many things, as long as it does the job of passing on information. 

After three long days of some serious thinking and brainstorming (yea its taken me a while to get back into the swing of things!) I have decided on a subject - 

"The Ridiculous"

I was interested in picking a really simple subject so the application can be more complex. So i began thinking about random words and started to write the down the first 40 or so words that came to my head for instance :

mayonnaise       cakewalk
cows             exoplasm 
fringes         boobs lidl             hairspring
pegs             beanbag
stationary        cheese
cassette          mackerel
accordion         battery
eiderdown         monster munch
fog bow           bootstrap
waterbed         minimoog
plant food        
crackerjack       neckerchief
scallop           puppet
piggy bank       skittle

To mix up my project a bit more i am going to get my words from the public and myself be the dictionary giving out the definitions from me own head..... like a human definition machine kind of! my dictionary is going to be a live event which i will record by film and keep your eyes peeled for me outside some library somewhere begging people for words so i can define them..... oh god what am i doing??

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