Breath/Bread of Life: Creating Treasures with Wordplay
Language is fluid and moldable. We are constantly shaping it into new forms and meanings. This workshop will use language and sound concepts like etymology, synonyms, antonyms, homophones, homonyms, homographs, onomatopoeia and similar sounding words within and between languages to play with meaning and definition. Through this word-play, we will knead together new poetic creations, using language in unexpected ways and even creating new words. Participants are welcome to bring their favorite words from their own languages, both standard and informal, to experiment. Poem examples will include ones from Harryette Mullen, Latasha N. Nevada Diggs, David McCord, E.E. Cummings, and Alexis Pauline Gumbs, and forms like Macaronic verse and Dictionary/Thesaurus Entry poetry.
About the Installation: EL DORADO (meaning “The Golden” in English) is an art installation that pays tribute to the 49% of New Yorker households that speak a language other than English. This installation consists of 100 colored “guagua (infant)” sculptures, 49 of them painted gold to reflect the 49% New Yorkers, presented as a contemporary archeological site. It also pays tribute to Lewis H. Latimer’s contribution to electrical light by adding a glowing-in-the-dark element in the guaguas. The installation will be on view till October 14th 2018.
This program and exhibition is made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. It is part of NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program.